These homemade yeast biscuits will be the perfect accompaniment at your next big holiday or family gathering. They're light and fluffy with a nice buttermilk tang.
1 (0.25-ounce) packet active dry yeast, or 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups buttermilk
5 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water (105°F to 115°F / 40°C to 45°C). Let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in buttermilk and set aside.
- Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the reserved yeast/buttermilk mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Shape into a ball.
- Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out biscuits with a biscuit cutter. Brush with melted butter and fold in half.
- Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Makes 24 biscuits.