Trisha Yearwood: Grandma’s Sky-High Biscuits
from TRISHA’S KITCHEN: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family by Trisha Yearwood (Mariner/HarperCollins, 2021)
GRANDMA’S SKY-HIGH BISCUITS
Trisha Yearwood’s recipe for GRANDMA’S SKY-HIGH BISCUITS from her cookbook, TRISHA’S KITCHEN.
For the biscuits
- 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 1⁄4 cup warm water (90° to 110°F)
- 2 1/4 ounces packets active dry yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
- 1 cup butter, cut into small cubes and chilled, plus more for greasing
- 2 cups buttermilk
For topping the biscuits
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 3 tablespoons of the sugar.
- In a small bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Stir until the yeast has dissolved. Let stand until bubbles appear, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Using your hands, mix the 1 cup cold butter into the flour, breaking the butter into small pebbles, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk and the yeast mixture. Gently fold the flour into the wet ingredients. Keep mixing until a ball starts to form, then flour your hands and gently knead in the bowl 12 to 15 times, to create a smooth dough. If the mixture is too sticky to easily knead, sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of flour over the top as you knead. Cover with a clean dish towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Transfer the dough to a well-floured work surface. Flour your hands and press the dough out to 2 inches thick. Fold the dough in half, press it out again to 2 inches thick, then fold and press again into a 2-inch-thick square slab. Grease a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with butter. Cut the dough into 12 equal squares and tuck the corners under to make each biscuit into a ball, trying not to mash down too much, then add to the greased skillet. The biscuits will be snug and puff up together when they bake. Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter and sprinkle each with a pinch of salt.
- Bake for 24 to 28 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted between the center biscuit comes out clean. Brush again with melted butter and serve warm.