Basic biscuits can be great biscuits. These are straightforward, relying only on baking powder for leavening. They rise tall and are slightly salty with no added sugar. If you like, you may add a tablespoon or two of sugar—but then they wouldn’t be authentic Southern biscuits.
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold shortening
1 1/2 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the shortening until the mixture forms coarse pieces.
- Add the milk and stir the mixture with a fork until most of the dry ingredients have been moistened. Turn the ingredients onto the counter and knead and fold until the dough is formed. Do not knead longer than necessary.
- Roll or pat the dough to about 3/4-inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits on a greased baking sheet with the edges touching.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until the tops are just golden brown and biscuits sound hollow when gently tapped. Serve warm.
Yield: 15 large biscuits
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