Baking Powder Biscuits

Sometimes you will need some bread and just not have time for yeast bread, I find that these biscuits are a good alternative. I also like to use the left over biscuits for Sloppy Joe’s, while Earl prefers to use hamburger buns.Baking powder biscuits

Baking Powder Biscuits

½ cup shortening

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

¾ cup milk

  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Cut shortening into flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until mixture looks like fine crumbs .Stir in milk until dough leaves side of bowl (dough will be soft and sticky).
  3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead lightly 10 times. Roll or pat ½ inch thick. Cut with floured 2 ½-inch round cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 1-inch apart for crusty sides, touching for soft sides.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

You can easily make Buttermilk biscuits, just decrease baking powder to 2 teaspoons and add ¼ teaspoon baking soda with the sugar. Substitute buttermilk for the milk.  (If buttermilk is thick it may be necessary to add slightly more than ¾ cup.)

Or you can make Drop biscuits by increasing milk to 1 cup. Drop dough by 12 spoonfuls onto cookie sheet greased with shortening.

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