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Southern biscuits are a kissing cousin to British scones, but they are lighter, savoury and are generally served hot from the oven, most often with breakfast. Sausage biscuits are one of our favourite on-the-go breakfasts.

Biscuits are also great served with Ranch-Style Chilli, or open faced with the Sausage and Prawn Creole poured over them.

Makes about 12 to 14 biscuits

50 grams butter plus a bit extra melted to brush on top of the biscuits before baking
50 grams lard or vegetable shortening
150 grams pastry flour
150 grams plain flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
200ml buttermilk or whole milk
6 to 12 Tennessee Country Sausages – depending on the size and hunger of your crowd

Weigh out the butter and lard. Cut into small pieces and put in the refrigerator or freezer while you prepare the dry ingredients.

Sift together the dry ingredients.

Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter and lard into the flour until it has the texture of semolina. You can prepare the dough in advance to this point. Cover the bowl with cling film and put in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 220ºC / 425ºF / gas mark 7 and melt a tablespoon or two of butter, if using.

Remove the flour/butter mixture from the refrigerator and add the buttermilk or whole milk quickly, stirring with a sturdy spoon until the dough comes together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured countertop, pat into a ball, and roll to a thickness about ½ to ¾ inch. The key to light, fluffy biscuits is to move quickly and avoid overworking the dough.

Use a floured cookie cutter (about 70mm is a good size) or glass to cut out the biscuits and place on a dry baking tray. Press the remaining dough together, roll out again, and press out more biscuits until you have used up the dough. Brush the tops with milk or melted butter if desired. Bake in the pre-heated oven until golden about 8 to 10 minutes.

Remove the Tennessee Country Sausages from their casings, and form into burgers (in America, we call them patties). Fry over medium heat until cooked through.

When biscuits are ready, split them in half, place a sausage patty in the middle, and enjoy!

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