Sift together flour, baking soda and baking powder in a medium sized bowl.
Whisk in salt, thyme and orange peel.
Cut shortening into flour mixture by pressing it between finger tips, resulting in flakes of shortening throughout the flour mixture.
Form a well in the center of the flour mixture.
Slowly add the buttermilk, gently mixing into the flour mixture until the dough just starts to come together.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface.
Press down into a 1" high rectangle and fold in half. Repeat twice, finishing with a 1" high rectangle.
Cut dough into desired shape and place on parchment lined sheet tray.
Brush with melted butter.
Bake at 425F (in a preheated oven) for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
(Note: this recipe makes 12 servings)
Play around with biscuit flavors by switching up the herbs and spices. This is a great biscuit dough without the thyme and orange peel that can easily be transformed to a new and exciting flavor profile. Start with anywhere from 1/2-1 teaspoon of the desired spice(s)/herb(s) to change things up!
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