Black Pepper Biscuits

Makes 12 biscuits
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4 Cups all-purpose flour
4 Teaspoons baking powder
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon salt
3/4 Cup (1.5 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2 Cups chilled whole buttermilk
Heavy Cream
Coarsely ground black pepper


1) Get the butter really cold and then cube it into 1/2 inch cubes.

2) Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and then cut in the butter. If you have a food processor, by all means use that. If you don’t you can use a fork or even your fingers. You want your butter in pea-sized pieces.

3) Pour in the buttermilk and mix it until the dough comes together.

4) Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough out into about an 9 inch by 6 inch rectangle and then slice it into 12 fairly even biscuits.

5) Put the biscuits onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper with an inch or so of separation. Brush the tops of them with some cream and give them a healthy topping of freshly ground pepper!

6) Bake these biscuits at 400 degrees for about 18 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean from the center and the biscuits should be lightly golden brown.

7) Let them cool for a few minutes before digging in.