Angel Biscuits (adapted from Cooking Light)
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/2 cup warm water
5 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar**
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
2 cups buttermilk
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
1. Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water in a small bowl, and let stand for 5 minutes.
2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt in a bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add yeast mixture and buttermilk to flour mixture; stir just until moist. Cover and chill 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
4. Turn the dough onto a heavily floured surface; knead lightly 5 times. Roll dough to a 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush the melted butter over the biscuit tops. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden.
**I JUST realized that I forgot to add the sugar!! They still tasted really good, but this would also contribute to the reason that I ended up with flat biscuits! I will definitely be making these again soon (the right way!).