SOUTHERN LARD BISCUITS
5 ½ cups (23.4 ounces) flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
12 ounces cold lard (Mangalitsa pig lard is the best)
1 ½ cups buttermilk, plus extra for the egg wash
2 eggs, divided
Cracked pepper and fleur de sel
Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in the lard until it is reduced to pea-sized pieces. Stir in the buttermilk and 1 egg just to form a dough.
Remove the dough to a well-floured surface, and pat to a thickness of about 1 inch. Cut out biscuits using a 2-inch round cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing the biscuits about 11/2 inches apart. The recipe makes about 1 dozen biscuits. Beat the remaining egg with a few tablespoons of buttermilk to form the egg wash. Brush the biscuits with the egg wash, and sprinkle over the cracked pepper and fleur de sel.
Bake the biscuits until puffed and golden, 12 to 17 minutes, rotating the tray halfway for even baking.