Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Buttery Homemade Biscuits

We love these biscuits for breakfast or with soups and stews. My children break them open and eat them with honey. They are flaky and light and delicious.


2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 tbs. shortening
3 tbs cold salted butter
2/3 to 2/4 cups cold milk

Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the shortening and butter with two knives or a pastry blender until the mixture has lumps the size of peas. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in 1/2 cup milk. Mix it in quickly with a fork, distributing the liquid to as much of the mixture as possible. Gradually add more milk as you mix until the dough will just start to hold together. Turn the dough onto a floured pastry cloth or board and knead, very gently, only 6-8 times. Roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thick and cut biscuits into desired shape. Try to get them all the same height and size for even cooking. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, no more than 1/2 inch apart. Bake 12-14 minutes, until they are golden-brown. Serve hot.


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Chef Tom said...

I love biscuits...and I hate using those pre-made biscuits you pop out of a can!

Midwest Mom said...

Thanks, Chef Tom... I'm honored!

Biscuits are one of those breads that anyone can make -- that's what I love about them.

I agree with you -- just say no to popping.

;) -MM