|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
These popular biscuits are made light and airy with a little yeast. The yeast also gives them a nice flavor. Bake these biscuits and serve with ham slices or make little sandwiches with them. Make sure to butter them while they're hot!
- 1 package active dry yeast (about .25 ounce)
- 1/4 cup warm water, about 110 degrees F
- 2 cups warmed buttermilk, about 110 degrees F
- 5 to 5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 3/4 cup chilled shortening
- 4 tablespoons chilled butter
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
Dissolve the yeast in the 1/4 cup of warm water. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the chilled shortening and butter until mixture resembles coarse meal, with some small pea-size pieces of fat.
Stir in yeast mixture and buttermilk, blending until moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead with floured hands just a few turns.
Pat into a round about 1/2-inch thick. Cut with 2- to 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutters.
Place cut out biscuits on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with a clean dry dish cloth and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Uncover the biscuits and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until browned.
Brush tops with the melted butter while still hot. Makes about 2 to 3 dozen, depending on size.
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