Baking Powder Biscuits

Baking Powder Biscuits
Recipe type: Breads and Rolls
Serves: 16
  • 1/3 Cup vegetable shortening, such as Crisco, plus more
  • 2 Cups all-purpose white flour; plus more
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. with fingers or paper towel, scoop up a little vegetable shortening and smear just enough to cover sides and bottom of 8 or 9 inch diameter round baking pan.
  2. Put flour, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl and mix well with fork. Add shortening and stir in, cutting it into flour repeatedly with fork tines or by hand until mixture has texture of coarse sand. Add milk to flour and shortening mixture and stir with fork just until milk is mixed with other ingredients and there are no dry streaks of flour left. Don't mix too much. Dough should remain moist and sticky, which will make these biscuits rise high and have tender texture.
  3. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup flour on large cutting board or smooth counter top and spread out in circle. Coat hands with flour, then scoop dough from bowl and place on floured surface. Knead dough until smooth and pat into rough circle about 8 inches in diameter and 1/2-inch thick.
  4. You can cut biscuits into any size or shape you like. I use a 2-inch round cookie cutter. If you don't have one, use rim of small drinking glass to cut dough. You can also pat dough into square and use knife to cut square biscuits. Press cookie cutter firmly into dough at edge of circle, and then lift straight up. Repeat this step, cutting next circle close to first, until you have cut as many biscuits as possible from dough.
  5. Place rounds in greased baking pan, leaving a little room between them. When you have cut as many circles as you can from dough, you will have some scraps left. Gather together and pat dough (do not knead) into small circle, same thickness as before, and cut out as many biscuits as you can. Add to baking pan.
  6. Put pan on center rack of oven and bake. After 12 minutes, check to see whether biscuits are done. They should be golden brown on top. Break 1 open to see if it is cooked through and not sticky in center. If dough feels sticky and damp, continue to bake another 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Take biscuits out of oven and let sit about 3 minutes to cool just slightly. Remove from pan with spatula and either serve immediately or store, tightly wrapped, for later use. Biscuits should always be served warm, so if they have cooled, reheat in preheated 350 degree oven 5 to 6 minutes.
This recipe yields 16 (2-inch) biscuits.

Each biscuit: 98 calories; 221 mg sodium; 4 mg cholesterol; 5 grams fat; 12 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams protein; 0.04 gram fiber.
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