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Difficulty Level: 4 (On a Scale of 1 to 5)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut shortening into flour mixture until it resembles large, coarse crumbs.
Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk all at once. Stir with a fork by going under batter and around until you have a nice mound. DO NOT overwork the batter at this stage or your biscuits will be tough.
Turn mound onto floured surface and knead 5 or 6 times. Take your rolling pin and make an X impression in the dough. Roll with light strokes from the center point out until you have a nice circle about 1/2" thick.
Cut out biscuits with a floured, round biscuit cutter (mine is 2-1/2" in diameter) or cookie cutter. Place on an ungreased baking sheet with the sides touching (this keeps the sides soft while the tops get browned) and let rest 10 to 15 minutes.
Optional: Brush tops with the 3 Tablespoons of melted butter. Bake 'til lightly browned, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and pass the apple butter!