Thursday, April 17, 2008

Good with Anything Baking Powder Biscuits

One of my very dear friends gave me a little book 20 years ago called "Biscuits and Scones", by Elizabeth Alston. I have used this recipe ever since. If you just want good old "down-home" biscuits, these are it. I'm going to put a recipe for biscuits made with yeast that are also wonderful and biscuits made with cream that you can add sugar too and use for shortcakes also.

  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder(See recipe for homemade)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening

  • 2/3 cup buttermilk

Heat oven to 450 degrees (I prefer 425 degrees). Put flour,baking powder and salt into a large bowl and stir to mix. Add shortening and cut in with a Granny fork or pastry fork, until mixture looks like fine granules. Add buttermilk and baking soda and stir with a fork until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured pastry cloth and knead 10 times. Roll dough out into a circle about 1/2 inch thick. Using a 2 1/2 inch cutter, cut out biscuits and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. ALWAYS CUT STRAIGHT DOWN WITH CUTTER AND DO NOT TWIST. YOU WILL SEAL THE EDGES OF THE BISCUIT AND IT WILL NOT RISE PROPERLY Press scraps together, roll out and cut again. Bake about 14 minutes until medium golden brown. Serve with butter and honey or strawberry prerserves. Makes about 1 dozen.

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