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Jojo’s Biscuits
Total an hour
Active 50 mins
Makes 20 biscuits
TIP: For longer storage, arrange the unbaked biscuits about 1/2-inch apart on two parchment-paper-lined baking sheets and freeze until solid. Transfer them to a zip-top plastic bag and freeze for up to 2 weeks. There is no need to thaw them before baking.
Ingredients
    • 4 cups self-rising flour, plus more for the work surface
    • 2 tablespoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) salted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch pieces or grated
    • 2 large eggs, beaten, plus 1 large egg for brushing
    • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, or as needed, plus 1 tablespoon for brushing
    • Strawberry Jam or Classic Sausage Gravy, for serving (optional, recipe follows)
  • Classic Sausage Gravy:
    • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds pork sausage
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the butter and use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour until the pieces are even and about the size of peas.
  2. Stir in the beaten eggs with a wooden spoon until combined. Stir in 1 1/2 cups buttermilk until the dough comes together into a sticky mass. If it is too dry, add more buttermilk 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing after each addition, until it reaches the correct consistency. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
  3. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Scrape the dough onto a floured work surface. Use your floured hands to press it into a round roughly 14 inches across and about 1/2-inch thick.
  5. Use a floured 2 3/4-inch round cutter to cut out about 20 biscuits. If necessary, collect and pat out the scraps to cut more biscuits.
  6. Transfer the biscuits to the prepared baking sheet, arranging them so that they all are touching (see Cook’s Note).
  7. In a small dish, beat together the remaining egg and 1 tablespoon buttermilk. Brush the mixture on the top of the biscuits.
  8. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool slightly in the pan on a rack.
  9. Biscuits are best the day they are made (and ideally fresh out of the oven!). Serve with strawberry jam or gravy, if desired. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  1. In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until cooked through and nicely browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a platter and set aside.
  2. Add butter into the rendered grease in the skillet, scraping the pan to incorporate any browned bits. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour until smooth. Then, whisk in the milk 1 cup at a time, making sure to get any lumps out until the mixture is smooth. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir the sausage into the gravy. Season generously with salt and pepper. Serve warm.
  4. Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat gently over low heat.