Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 3 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) salted butter, frozen for 30 minutes
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk, chilled

Directions

  1. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.  Whisk flour and sugar together in large bowl.
  2. Coat sticks of butter in flour mixture, then grate 7 tablespoons from each stick on large holes of box grater directly into flour mixture.  Toss gently to combine. Set aside remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
  3. Add buttermilk to flour mixture and fold with spatula until just combined (dough will look dry).  Transfer dough to liberally floured counter.  Dust surface of dough with flour; using your floured hands, press dough into rough 7 inch square.
  4. Roll dough into 12 by 9 inch rectangle with short side parallel to edge of counter.  Starting at bottom of dough, fold into thirds like a business letter.  Press top of dough firmly to seal folds.  Turn dough 90 degrees clockwise.  Repeat rolling into 12 by 9 inch rectangle, folding into thirds, and turning clockwise 4 more times, for a total of 5 sets of folds.  After last set of folds, roll dough into 8 1/2 inch square about 1 inch thick.  Transfer dough to prepared sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Transfer dough to lightly floured cutting board.  Using sharp knife cut dough into 9 squares.  Arrange biscuits at least 1 inch apart on sheet.  Melt reserved butter; brush tops of biscuits with melted butter.
  6. Bake until tops are golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes.

Note – You can also add fresh thyme and rosemary leaves for a different flavor

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