Cathead Biscuits

  • Yield : 4 large biscuits
  • Cook Time : 20m
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 5 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup buttermilk


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Combine 2 cups of the flour with the baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the shortening and 3 tablespoons of the butter until the mixture is the size of small peas.

Step 3

Add the buttermilk, and stir until the dough is just mixed and starts to form a ball.

Step 4

Rest the dough in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 5

Sprinkle a work surface with flour. Transfer the dough to the floured surface, and sprinkle with a little extra flour. Knead the dough 3 to 4 times. Do not overwork the dough. It will make the dough tough and difficult to work with.

Step 6

Flatten the dough into a 3/4- to 1-inch-thick disk with a rolling pin. Cut out biscuits with a large 4- or 5-inch biscuit cutter.

Step 7

Bake the biscuits until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Step 8

Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Brush the hot biscuits with the butter. Turn on the broiler. Broil the biscuits until desired brownness.

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