Perfect Baking Powder Biscuits
- 2 C sifted flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/3 C shortening
- about 3/4 C milk
Preheat oven to 450°. Sift flour with baking powder and salt into medium bowl.
Cut shortening into flour mixture with a pastry blender or 2 knives (used scissors-fashion), until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
Make a well in the center. Pour in 2/3 C milk all at once. Stir quickly round the bowl, with a fork. If mixture seems dry, add a little more milk, to form dough just moist enough (but not wet) to leave side of bowl and form ball.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, to knead. Gently pick up dough from side away from you; fold over toward you; press out lightly with palm of hand. Give the dough a quarter turn. Repeat 10 times.
Gently roll out dough, from center, to 1/2 to 3/4" thickness.
With floured 2 1/2" biscuit cutter, cut straight down into dough, being careful not to twist cutter.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet; bake 12 to 15 minutes.