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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.
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup milk
Preheat oven to 450°F.

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

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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.
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