Buttermilk Biscuits



2 1/4 cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. sugar

1/4 cup butter, cold

1/4 cup shortening

1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a square baking dish, set aside.

In a bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the butter and shortening into the flour until it resembles a coarse meal. Refrigerate the mixture  for 30 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator and pour the buttermilk into the bowl. Using a spatula, gently stir together , until it begin to form a dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead ever so slightly so that the dough holds together. Pat the dough into a 6 inch square and cut into nine pieces. Pick up each pieces and lightly shape into a round and place into prepared dish. Flatten biscuits slightly and bake for 12 minutes or until baked through and golden.

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