Southern “Love” Biscuits made with bread flour — and cut with a heart-shaped biscuit cutter — are deliciously light and flaky homemade buttermilk biscuits with a buttery crust.
Bread Flour, or All-Purpose Flour Baking Powder Salt Baking Soda Sugar Vegetable Shortening Buttermilk
Sift flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and sugar. Drop in 3 heaping forkfuls of shortening and blend into the flour mixture until it becomes coarse crumbs. Add buttermilk all at once and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 4 to 5 times, patting into a disc. (DO NOT over knead.) Roll to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut with a biscuit cutter dipped in flour and place onto a baking sheet. Brush gently with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse ground black pepper.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Brush the tops again with melted butter while the biscuits are still hot from the oven.
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