Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and pepper in a large bowl. Add cream, then stir just until a dough forms.
Using a ¼-cup ice-cream scoop, drop batter about 1 inch apart on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until tops are pale golden and bottoms are golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.
Makes approximately 12 biscuits, depending on the scoop size used. These make adorable mini-biscuits using a smaller ice-cream scoop.
Variations: Omit the black pepper, substitute an herb. Sprinkle tops with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or Parmesan cheese before baking. Brush garlic butter on top before baking. Stir in ½ cup of your favorite cheese before baking. Eliminate pepper and sprinkle tops with coarse sugar before baking to use for strawberry shortcakes.