- 2 cups flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons rendered fat, at room temperature, plus 1 tablespoon more for brushing
- 1/4 cup cream cheese or more butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Using a fork or your fingers, cut in the fat and the cream cheese until you see pea-sized chunks of fat. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the buttermilk, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula until just incorporated.
Dust your kneading surface with a bit of flour, then turn the dough onto the surface. Dust more flour on the top of the dough. Roll out the dough to a square with 1/2-inch thickness.
Using a sharp knife, cut the square into a dozen biscuits. Arrange the biscuits in the skillet or on a baking sheet so that they are just touching. Brush the tops with the melted fat. Bake until deeply golden brown, about 25 minutes. Serve immediately.
cast iron skillet, or cookie sheet