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
  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.

Ready in: 35 Min

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

Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell