Baking Powder Biscuits
|All purpose flour||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Baking powder||4 Teaspoon|
|Solid shortening||5 Tablespoon|
|Milk||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
Preheat oven to 450°.
In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut shortening into flour mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal; make a well in center.
Pour in milk all at once and stir with a fork until dough cleans sides of bowl.
With your hands, gather dough into a ball; turn out onto a lightly floured board (use about 1 tablespoon flour).
Knead about 10 times (dough will feel light and soft, but not sticky).
Roll out or pat dough into a 1/2-inch-thick circle.
Using a floured 2-inch cutter, cut biscuit rounds as close together as possible, since reroll-ing toughens dough.
Fit leftover bits of dough together, pat smooth, and cut.
Place biscuits close together (for soft sides) or 1 inch apart (for crispy sides) on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until tops are lightly browned