Black Pepper Biscuits
2 cups self-rising flour (White Lily preferred) plus more for dusting
1½ to 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
5 tablespoons butter; 4 tablespoons cut into small cubes, at room temperature, and 1 tablespoon melted
¼ cup cream cheese, at room temperature
¾ cup whole buttermilk (may substitute low-fat buttermilk)
Topping: 1½ teaspoons kosher salt and 1½ teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper, mixed
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Make sure the oven rack is in the middle position.
2. Measure the flour into a large bowl. Mix in the pepper to distribute evenly. Incorporate the cubed butter and then the cream cheese into the flour, using your fingers to “cut in” the butter and cheese until the mixture resembles cottage cheese. It will be chunky with some loose flour.
3. Make a well in the center. Pour in the buttermilk and, using your hands, mix the flour into the buttermilk. The dough will be wet and messy.
4. Sprinkle flour on top of the dough. Run a rubber spatula around inside of the bowl, creating a separation between the dough and the bowl. Sprinkle a bit more flour in the crease.
5. Flour a work surface or flexible baking mat very well. With force, dump the dough from the bowl onto the surface. Flour the top of the dough and the rolling pin. Roll out the dough to ½-inch thickness into a oval shape. (No kneading is necessary—the less you mess with the dough, the better.)
6. Flour a 2-inch round metal biscuit cutter or biscuit glass. Start from the edge of the rolled-out dough and cut straight through the dough with the cutter, trying to maximize the number of biscuits cut from this first roll out. Roll out the excess dough after the biscuits are cut and cut more biscuits.
As long as the dough stays wet inside, you can use as much flour on the outside as you need to handle the dough. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet with sides lined with parchment paper, in a cast-iron skillet, or a baking pan with the biscuit sides touching. (It does not matter what size pan or skillet you use as long as the pan has a lip or sides and the biscuits are touching. If you are using a cast-iron skillet, no parchment paper is necessary.) Brush the tops with the melted butter and sprinkle with the topping.
7. Place the pan in the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 450 degrees F. Bake 16 to 18 minutes, until light brown on top (or as dark as you prefer), rotating the pan once while baking.
Recipe found here: Black Pepper Biscuits
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