4 (makes 12 biscuits)
for the biscuits:
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbs baking powder
2 Tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
6 Tbs unsalted butter, cubed
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (or regular milk)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and use a large mixing bowl to combine 4 cups of all-purpose flour with 2 Tbs of baking powder, 2 Tbs sugar, 1 tsp salt and mix those together.
Next, add 6 Tbs of cubed butter and use a pastry cutter to incorporate that.
Add 1 1/2 cups buttermilk and very gently mix everything together until it just forms a ball.
Then roll the dough out on a floured work surface into a 1 1/2 inches thick rectangle.
Use a knife to cut the dough into 12 squares and place those on a heavy bottomed baking tray and place that onto the center rack of the preheated oven. (see hints below)
They'll take just about 20 minutes to bake.
For the eggs:
3-4 ounces diced smoked deli ham
1 Tbs vegetable oil for sauteing ham (plus 1 Tbs for scrambling eggs)
8 large eggs....beaten with 1/4 cup milk
3/4 - 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onion
Add a splash of vegetable oil to a large heavy bottomed pan on medium to medium high heat and saute the diced smoked deli ham to crisp up a bit.
Add a little more oil, turn the heat way down and add 8 large eggs beaten with 1/4 cup milk and cook those along and stir them occasionally as they're cooking.
Once they're almost done, add the grated cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup chopped green onion and continue to cook until the cheese has melted in and the eggs are cooked through.
Brush the tops of the biscuits with buttermilk before placing into oven.
Slice baked biscuits and serve with butter along side scrambled eggs.