SAVORY CHEESE AND HERB BISCUITS
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup cake and pastry flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup cold butter
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
2/3 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease an oven baking sheet with olive oil. In a large bowl, add both flours, baking powder, Italian seasoning, salt, baking soda and pepper. Stir with a fork until well mixed. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in Parmesan amd Cheddar cheeses. Gently fold in buttermilk until blended. Gather dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, gently knead dough 8 to 10 times. Roll out dough into a circle to about 1/2" thickness. Using a sharp or serrated knife, slice circle into 8 even-sized pie-shaped wedges. Gently press scraps of dough together, re-roll and cut out remaining biscuits. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool biscuits on wire rack.
UNCLE BILL'S TIPS: You can substitute Italian seasoning with 2 tablespoons each of minced fresh basil and oregano.

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