• 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups cold buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


Serves: 4 to 6 servings


Preheat oven to 450 F.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse twice to distribute the ingredients evenly. Scatter the butter over the top of the flour mixture and pulse 4 or 5 times or until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the buttermilk and pulse until the mixture just begins to come together.

Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured counter. Pat the dough into a 10 by 12-inch rectangle about 3/4-inch thick. Use a 3-inch round cutter to make 8 biscuits then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press together the scraps of dough, and repeat process. Place the biscuits on another parchment-lined baking sheet; brush the tops with cream and sprinkle with black pepper. Bake the biscuits for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush the tops with melted butter.