total time: 35 minutes      makes 12 biscuits

ingredients
2 c unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 c thinly sliced scallions
1 c buttermilk
8 T unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly about 5 minutes (plus some melted butter for brushing biscuits)

directions

  1. preheat over to 475 degrees.
  2. whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, cheese, and scallions in large bowl.
  3. combine buttermilk and 7 tablespoons melted butter in medium bowl, stirring until butter forms small clumps.
  4. add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir with rubber spatula until just incorporated and batter pulls away from sides of bowl.
  5. using greased 1/4-c dry measure, scoop level amount of batter and drop onto baking sheet (biscuits should measure about 2.25 inches in diameter and 1.25 inches high).
  6. repeat with remaining batter, spacing biscuits about 1.5 inches apart.
  7. bake until tops are golden brown and crisp, 12-14 minutes.
  8. brush biscuit tops with remaining 1 T melted butter. transfer to wire rack and let cool 5 minutes before serving.

source – published november 1, 2007 from cook’s illustrated (from deb chang)

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