KFC Buttermilk Biscuits

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1/2 cup butter (or shortening) chilled
2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Cut the chilled butter or shortening into small cubes so that it will be easier to work into the flour.
In a medium-sized bowl combine the self-rising flour, sugar, and cream of tartar.
Add the cubed butter or shortening, and work it into the flour until it reaches a large sand grain texture.
Add the buttermilk, and mix until it is incorporated into the dough.
On a floured surface, turn the dough out of the bowl, and form it into a round shape.
Use a rolling pin to gently roll out dough to about 3/4 inch thick.
Use a biscuit cutter to cut out biscuits and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.