Biscuits: Parmesan and Black Pepper Pillows

posted by techgoddess 01-03-101 7:40 PM

Parmesan and Black Pepper Pillows

2 cups self-rising flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus 1/4 cup for topping
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.

In a bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and pepper. With an electric hand-held mixer, blend in the shortening, being careful not to over mix. Make a well in the center of the mixture and, using a fork, stir in the 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and the buttermilk. Mix just until blended.

Gather the dough into a ball. On a lightly floured board, roll out into a circle 1/2 inch thick. With a 2-inch round biscuit cutter, cut 10 to 12 rounds. Press together the leftover dough, roll into a circle 1/2 inch thick and continue cutting out rounds until all the dough is used.

Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle each biscuit with a teaspoon of grated parmesan cheese. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes 12 biscuits.

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