Some meals just aren't complete without a warm, tender, flaky biscuit on the side. This recipe is my absolute favorite, and is no-fail. It all starts in the food processor, then the resulting mixture gets transferred to a bowl to receive the buttermilk; you can make these in a flash! Makes 8 large biscuits. Inspired by a recipe from America's Test Kitchen
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
8 Tablespoons (4 ounces) chilled, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 Tablespoons (2 ounces) vegetable shortening or lard, chilled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
Place the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 450-degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the dry ingredients in the work bowl of a food processor and pulse just to combine. Add the butter and shortening and pulse just until the mixture resembles a really coarse meal. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the buttermilk just until combined.
On a lightly-floured board, knead the dough 8-10 times. Pat the dough into a 9-inch circle that is 3/4-inch thick. Cut with a 3-inch floured biscuit cutter and place on the prepared pan. Gather up the remaining dough and pat into a 3/4-inch thick circle and cut out remaining biscuits.
Bake until the biscuits begin to rise, about 5 minutes, then rotate the pan and reduce the oven temperature to 400-degrees. Bake until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Serve immediately, or transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before storing in a zipper-lock bag.)