Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock, authors of The Gift of Southern Cooking (Knopf, 2003), are well-known American chefs with Southern roots. An unlikely duo with a 40-year age difference, they were brought together by their love for Southern cooking. According to these two, there are five secrets to making great biscuits: soft Southern flour; homemade baking powder; good, fresh, very cold lard; good, fresh, very cold buttermilk; and a very hot oven. Peacock made these for Lewis for her 75th birthday.
- 5 cups sifted White Lily flour, measured after sifting
- 1 tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. Homemade Baking Powder
- 1 tbsp. kosher salt
- 1⁄2 cup (1/2 lb.) packed lard, chilled
- 1 1⁄4 cups buttermilk
- 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
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