HOMEMADE ANGEL BISCUITS

Ingredients

Yeast Mixture

  • 1/4 cup warm water (125 F)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 package Rapid Rise Instant yeast (1/4 oz) (2¼ teaspoons)

Biscuits

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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
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