Herb Buttermilk Biscuits

Yield: 12 biscuits Preparation Time: 15 minutes Baking Time: 12-15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 cup buttermilk, cold
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (such as chopped chives, parsley, thyme, rosemary, or a mix)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
  • Additional melted butter for brushing

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Cut in Butter: Add the cold, cubed butter to the dry mixture. Use a pastry cutter, fork, or your fingers to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add Herbs and Seasoning: Stir in the chopped fresh herbs, garlic powder (if using), and black pepper (if using). The herbs will add a delightful aroma and flavor to the biscuits.
  5. Add Buttermilk: Pour in the cold buttermilk and gently mix until the dough comes together. Be careful not to overmix; a slightly shaggy dough is fine.
  6. Shape and Cut: Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently pat it into a rectangle about 1-inch thick. Use a round biscuit cutter to cut out biscuits. Avoid twisting the cutter – just press it straight down and lift it up.
  7. Place on Baking Sheet: Arrange the cut biscuits on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a little space between them.
  8. Bake: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown on top.
  9. Brush with Butter: As soon as the biscuits come out of the oven, brush the tops with melted butter. This adds a lovely shine and flavor to the biscuits.
  10. Serve: Serve the herb buttermilk biscuits warm as a side to soups, stews, salads, or any meal you prefer.

Chef’s Tips:

  • Keep all the ingredients as cold as possible throughout the process. Cold ingredients help create a flaky texture in the biscuits.
  • Feel free to customize the herb combination according to your taste preferences.
  • To make these biscuits even more indulgent, you can sprinkle a little grated cheese on top of each biscuit before baking.
  • Handle the dough as gently as possible to avoid toughening the biscuits.
  • Leftover biscuits can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two. Reheat them in a preheated oven to refresh their texture before serving.

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