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- 1/4 cup warm water (125 F)
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 package Rapid Rise Instant yeast (1/4 oz) (2¼ teaspoons)
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour ( I prefer White Lily flour)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter chopped +more for brushing finished biscuits
- 1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
- First, proof the yeast by add warm water and sugar to a glass measuring cup or bowl.
- Stir in the yeast.
- Let yeast proof while moving on the next step.
- In a large bowl, sift or whisk together sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
- Using a pastry cutter, cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles small crumbs.
- Make a well in the center of the bowl and pour in the yeast mixture and buttermilk, stirring to combine just the yeast and buttermilk.
- Next begin pushing the flour mixture into the well, until everything is combined and a dough has formed.
- Lightly flour a work surface and turn the dough out on the work surface.
- Gently knead the dough to incorporate all the crumbs until you have a mound of soft, pliable dough.
- Fold the dough several times (this will create layers in your finished biscuits.)
- Pat the dough out into a 1-inch thick rectangle.
- Using a floured 2.5 inch round biscuit cutter, cut out 8-10 biscuits. (do not twist the cutter, simply go straight down and pull up)
- Place biscuits on a lightly greased pan, about 1/2 inch apart. ( My 9-inch pan held 8 biscuits)
- Cover pan loosely with plastic wrap and place in a very warm, draft-free location. (I put mine in the oven with just the pilot light on)
- Let rise for 1-hour and then preheat oven to 400 F.
- Remove plastic wrap and gently brush the tops with a light coating of heavy whipping cream. (This will help with browning)
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. (check on it at the 8-minute mark) Turn the oven to a low broil during the last minute to create golden tops (be sure to watch it constantly while broiling to prevent burning)
- Brush with melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven