-1/2 tsp vanilla
-8 tbsp buttermilk
-2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-2 tbsp white sugar
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 cup very cold butter, cut into 1/4" pieces
-powdered sugar or flour for dusting
1. In a small bowl combine buttermilk and vanilla. Stir to combine and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with the paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, salt and whatever dry add-ins noted in the recipe. Mix to combine.
2. Add in butter by the piece, and mix on low speed until the mixture resembles a course meal and pieces are less than pea-sized.
3. Add buttermilk mixture and stir until dough comes together. Transfer dough to a powdered-sugar covered surface and shape into a flat disk. I recommend shaping it into a square- it makes everything easier after. Wrap disk tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (I recommend two hours, or overnight if possible, but one will do just fine if you're crunched for time).
4. Roll out and use as recipe requires!