Baking Powder Biscuits

Known universally as "Good Navy chow," baking powder biscuits have an unmistakable melt in your mouth quality, especially when served with lots of butter, jam and honey.
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup milk
Preparation:
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender, and add the milk, blending quickly, just until dry ingredients are moistened. A sticky dough will result.
  3. Turn the dough out on a floured board. Flour your hands and knead the dough 3 or 4 times. Important: Do not overhandle dough. Roll or pat to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter.
  4. For soft-sided biscuits, place close together on a lightly greased baking sheet or in a lightly greased cast iron skillet (vegetable cooking spray works just fine). For biscuits that are crusty all around, place about an inch apart on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 450°F for 12 to 15 minutes
  6. Makes a dozen biscuits.

Baking Powder Biscuits Variation

As a dessert alternative, you can serve baking powder biscuits shortcake-style with whipped cream and sliced fresh strawberries. Pictured in the recipe photograph is a shamrock Fiesta butter dish.

Total time: 35 Min

Kitchen tools you'll need:Biscuit Cutters, Mixing Bowls, Pastry Blender, Baking Sheet or Cast-iron Skillet

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