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Spiced Biscuits

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 biscuits
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3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

2 tablespoons baking powder 

2 tablespoons za'atar

1 tablespoon sugar 

1 1/2 teaspoons salt 

6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes 

1 1/2 cups cold milk 

2 tablespoons vegetable oil 


Special equipment:
a 3-inch biscuit cutter
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, 1 tablespoon of the za'atar, the sugar and salt in a medium bowl using a whisk. Using a bowl scraper or your fingers, mix in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal; using your fingers will create a more cake-like texture. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk. Stir until just combined.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead 5 or 6 times. Roll the dough into a 1-inch-thick disc and cut out biscuits using a 3-inch biscuit cutter. Make sure you don't twist the cutter otherwise you'll squish the sides and the biscuit won't rise. Knead the scraps together, re-roll and cut out biscuits until all the dough has been used.
  4. Place the biscuits bottom-side up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Whisk together the vegetable oil with the remaining 1 tablespoon za'atar and brush the mixture on each biscuit. Bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.
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