Buttermilk Biscuits and Honey Apple Butter

Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ Restaurant Copycat Recipe

Serves 6

2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold & cubed
3 tablespoons shortening, cold & cubed
1 cup buttermilk, cold
extra buttermilk for brushing
regular sugar or turbinado sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Honey Apple Butter:
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoon apple butter
1 teaspoon honey

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
To make the biscuits, measure the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Add butter and shortening to the flour mixture and rub it into the flour with your fingers until all the pieces are about pea size, working quickly as not to melt the fat.

Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk. Fold the flour into the milk using a spatula until a dough form. The dough should be slightly wet, this will yield moist biscuits. Turn the dough out onto a well floured board, pat into a disk, fold the dough in half and pat out into a disk again, repeat 4 times more, work with the heel of your hands. Then pat the dough out to about 1 inch thick. Cut with a 3 inch round biscuit cutter, gather the scraps and continue cutting, or just cut with a knife to avoid having to form the dough the second time. This will form 6 biscuits.

Place biscuits on a baking sheet so that they are about 1/4 inch apart on all sides so they can support each other when they rise in the oven. Brush the top of biscuits with buttermilk, sprinkle with turbinado sugar for a little more sweetness or skip for savory biscuits. Bake for 15 minutes until the top is golden brown. Transfer biscuits to a large bowl and wrap in a towel until ready to serve.

To make the honey apple butter, use soften room temperature butter but not melted, cream the butter until fluffy. Then add apple butter and honey, mix thoroughly. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge.