- ACTIVE: 25 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
- SERVINGS: Makes about 2 dozen biscuits
The key to making these biscuits light and flaky is working the dough as little as possible. Shawn McClain adds Parmigiano-Reggiano to give them a great savory flavor.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped thyme
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 tablespoons vegetable shortening, chilled
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, chilled
- Preheat the oven to 425°. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, Parmigiano-Reggiano, chopped thyme, baking powder, salt, sugar and baking soda. Using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut in the chilled shortening and butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the buttermilk and mix gently until just incorporated.
- On a floured work surface, using a rolling pin, gently roll out the dough to a 13-inch round, about 1/2 inch thick. With a 2 1/2-inch fluted biscuit cutter, cut out as many biscuits as possible. Transfer to 2 large baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between biscuits. Gather the dough scraps, gently press them together and cut out 5 or 6 more biscuits.
- Bake the biscuits for about 18 minutes, until they are golden brown and risen. Serve hot or warm.
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