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.
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.
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.
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.
Bake at 450°F for 12 to 15 minutes. Makes a dozen biscuits.
Prep time: 20 minutes; Cooking time: 15 minutes; Total time: 35 minutes
Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell
Kitchen tools you'll need: Biscuit Cutters, Mixing Bowls, Pastry Blender, Baking Sheet or Cast-iron Skillet
Baking Powder Biscuits VariationsAs 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 Fiesta butter dish.
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