posted by Kewpys Mom 02-08-100 4:41 PM
Traditional Southern Biscuits
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tblsp. butter, cold
1/2 cup vegetable shortening, cold
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. Add 1 tblsp. of the cold butter and the cold shortening and work it into the dry ingredients, using your hands, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in milk. The dough will be sticky. Dust your work area with some flour. Turn the dough onto the floured surface and fold each side towards the center again. Turn the dough over and press it out to 1 inch thickness.
Cut the biscuits, straight down, do not twist the cutter, with a 2 1/4 inch cookie cutter.
Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and add to a 10 inch round cake pan. Place the biscuits in the pan, turn once to coat both sides with butter, about 1/4 inch apart.
Let the biscuits rest for 15 minutes before baking. Baking until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
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