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Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cake flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter cold
34 cups buttermilk or more


Preheat the oven to 450F, set rack in middle level.
1. Prepare biscuit dough. Combine the flours, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl and stir well to mix.
2. Rub in the butter by hand or with a pastry blender until the mixture is mealy.
3. Stir in 3/4 cup of the buttermilk with a fork and continue stirring gently until the dough begins to hold together. (If the dough is dry, add more buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time.)
4. Sprinkle the work surface generously with flour and scrape the dough onto it.
5. Fold the dough over on itself two or three times. Use the dough immediately.
6. Pat dough into a 6-by-12- inch rectangle and cut into eight 3-inch biscuits with a sharp, floured knife.
7. Transfer to a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
8. Paint tops with buttermilk.
9. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until well risen and golden.

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