Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits


1/2 c All-purpose flour
1/2 c Cake flour
1/2 ts Salt
2 ts Baking powder
1/2 c Cold unsalted butter
3/4 c Buttermilk or
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Preheat the oven to 450F; set rack in middle level. Prepare biscuit dough. COMBINE THE FLOURS, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl and stir well to mix. Rub in the butter by hand or with a pastry blender until the mixture is mealy. Stir in 3/4 cup of the buttermilk with a fork and continue stirring gently until the dough begins to hold together. (If the dough is dry, add more buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time.) Sprinkle the work surface generously with flour and scrape the dough onto it. Fold the dough over on itself two or three times. Use the dough immediately . Pat dough into a 6-by-12- inch rectangle and cut into eight 3-inch biscuits with a sharp, floured knife. Transfer to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Paint tops with buttermilk. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until well risen and golden. .

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