Perfect Baking Powder Biscuits

Course Bread, Breakfast


  • 2 C sifted flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 C shortening
  • about 3/4 C milk


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Sift flour with baking powder and salt into medium bowl.
  2. Cut shortening into flour mixture with a pastry blender or 2 knives (used scissors-fashion), until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Gently roll out dough, from center, to 1/2 to 3/4" thickness.
  6. With floured 2 1/2" biscuit cutter, cut straight down into dough, being careful not to twist cutter.
  7. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; bake 12 to 15 minutes.
perfect baking powder biscuits recipe
Perfect Baking Powder Biscuits Recipe
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