Parmesan Black Pepper Biscuits

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By placing these biscuits close together, they expand in the oven, forming a pull-apart loaf.

Parmesan Black Pepper Biscuits
 
Makes 10
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour*
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper, plus more for sprinkling
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1¼ cups cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup cold whole buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Butter, to serve
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Spray a rectangular cast-iron griddle with cooking spray. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, pepper, and baking soda. Using a pastry blender, cut in cold butter until mixture is crumbly; stir in cheese. Stir in cold buttermilk until a shaggy dough forms.
  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat into a rectangle, and cut into fourths. Stack fourths on top of each other, and pat into a rectangle. Repeat process 3 more times, flourin surface as needed. Pat or roll dough into a 12½×5-inch rectangle. Place on prepared bakin sheet; cover and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes.
  4. Using a bench scraper or chef’s knife dipped in flour, cut into 10 (2½-inch) squares. Place biscuits on prepared griddle, sides touching.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon water; brush onto biscuits. Sprinkle with additional pepper, if desired.
  6. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool on pan for 10 minutes; serve warm with butter.
Notes
*We used White Lily.