Prep time: 20 min
Baketime: 12-15 min
Total time: About 35 min
Yield: Makes about 16 2-inch biscuits
If there is one food that symbolizes how good home cooking can be, it is Baking Powder Biscuits. Measuring and mixing them is a snap, they don’t take more than 10 minutes to make and 12 minutes to bake, and you can easily make double the amount and freeze any that you aren’t going to use right away.
You will have learned a good basic lesson in baking when you get the hang of rubbing flour and shortening together with your fingertips, until they are blended into small bits the size of grains of rice. The same technique is used to make pie crust. You can transform the plainest supper with the addition of these light, golden biscuits. Plus they can do double duty. Use them as a main-dish accompaniment, or spread them with strawberries and whipped cream for that quintessential American dessert Strawberry Shortcake.
Preparing the Pan:
Putting the Ingredients Together:
Mixing the Biscuits:
Kneading the Dough:
Cutting Out the Biscuits:
Baking the Biscuits:
Tips for Successful Biscuits
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