There is really no kitchen feat more worth it than homemade biscuits. They taste infinitely better than anything you can get from a can and getting people saying “You MADE this?!” is a serious accomplishment. These may take you some time the first time around, but if you make them enough (you’ll want to), the process will become secondhand and you will be able to make them start to finish in 30 minutes. Because I made these savory with parmesan cheese, I think they would make an incredible breakfast sandwich and if you are so inclined, throwing a bit of fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, chives) in with the flour mixture would just take them over the top. So go ahead, roll up your sleeves and let’s make some biscuits!
2 1/4 C unbleached all-purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 C grated parmesan cheese
6 Tbsp. cold, unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 C cold buttermilk
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 450 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, baking soda and parmesan cheese.
Drop in the cubed butter and with your hands, break up the butter into the flour mixture until it is evenly combined and there are still some small chunks of butter. Work quickly because you want that butter to stay cold. Now, pour in the buttermilk and mix together with a rubber spatula.
On a floured surface, press the biscuit dough into a disc about 1/2 inch thick with your hands. You may need extra flour if the dough seems sticky. With a 3-inch circle cookie cutter, cut your biscuits and gently place on the baking sheet. You will need to re-work the dough into a disc a couple of times to use it all. You can place the biscuits about 1 inch apart because they will not spread out as much as they will rise up.
Once your biscuits are placed on the cookie sheet, beat the egg with a tablespoon of cold water and brush a little bit on top of each biscuit. Then sprinkle a little bit of parmesan cheese on top as well.
Bake in oven for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown on top. When finished, immediately brush the tops with melted butter.