Baking Powder Biscuits

When the strawberries are in season this is my family’s favorite recipe to make our version of strawberries on angel food cake.  I love these so much more than angel food cake because the whole house smells like a bakery and summer.20170323_121010

Ingredients:

1/3 cup shortening

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoons salt

3/4 cup milk (I use Lactose Free because I am Lactose intolerant but you can use any percent of milk you like.)

 

 

Steps:

1.Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2.Combine flour, baking powder and salt.

3.Cut the shortening into the flour, baking powder and salt mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles fine crumbs.

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4.Stir in enough milk so the dough leaves the sides of the bowl and rounds up into a ball.

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5.Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.

6.Knead the dough about ten times.

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7.Roll out with a rolling pin into 1/2 inch thick.

8.Cut the dough into biscuits

9.Place the biscuits onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

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10. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.

11.Enjoy!

 

 

Tips and Tricks:

-To know which pastry blender is the best Good Housekeeping has some reviews.

– If you do not have a pastry blender you can use two knives to cut the shortening up to look like fine crumbs.

-Most of the time you will use all of the milk but make sure not to make the dough too sticky otherwise the biscuits will be very dry.

– Cook’s Illustrated has some tips on the best flours to use.

-You can cut the biscuits with either a biscuit cutter or a mason jar!  This is the size mason jar I used.

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-You can enjoy these with strawberries or just with a dab of butter.  But I guarantee these will be your new instant favorite.

 

Do you have any classic recipes that you have created a twist for?

-Abbey

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