Walnut Buttermilk Biscuits

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Walnut Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 12 ServingsServings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped California walnuts
  • all-purpose flour for rolling out the dough
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Get out a large baking sheet. It does not need to be greased, but cover it with parchment paper if you wish, for easier cleanup.
  2. Combine the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process about 20 seconds, to combine and aerate the ingredients. Cut the cold butter into small, irregular pieces, about 1/2-inch across.
  3. Drop the butter into the dry ingredients, and process in about 18 - 22 on-off pulses until the butter has been blended into the dry ingredients and you have a mixture of small, irregular bits resembling fresh bread crumbs.
  4. Add the buttermilk all at once, and all but 2 tablespoons of the walnuts. Process again in several on-off pulses just until the dough holds together in a rough, damp, shaggy mass.
  5. To roll out the dough, spread a handful of all-purpose flour on your work surface and scrape the dough onto it. Put some flour on your hands, and knead the dough gently about 10 - 12 times, just until it is smooth and cohesive; this should take about 30 seconds, or less.
  6. Pat the dough into a rectangle about 10 x 7 inches and 1/2-inch thick. Brush the top with the melted butter and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of walnuts. With a long, sharp knife, make 2 lengthwise cuts in the dough, and 3 crosswise cuts, thus cutting the dough into 12 biscuits, each approximately 2 inches square. (The biscuits will expand a little when baked.)
  7. Transfer to the baking sheet, leaving a little space between each biscuit. Bake for about 14 minutes, until puffy and lightly browned. Cool for a few minutes, then serve warm.

Source: California Walnut Board