Sunday, November 20, 2011
When I first started making these I had very few kitchen toys. I used naught but a fork to mix my ingredients, an old wine bottle to roll my dough, and an old pasta jar as a biscuit cutter. These days I have a gorgeous pistachio green Kitchen Aid mixer, a handmade wooden rolling pin, and a brilliantly made vintage steel biscuit cutter. The thing about food, though, is that the tools used to make it are merely for the convenience of the cook, it's only the ingredients that matter when it comes to eating.
2 cups flour
3 tsps baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, fully combine all dry ingredients
3. Add shortening and gently mix briefly
4. Add milk and work until dough forms a ball
5. On a floured surface, roll out dough until it is about 3/4 inch thick
6. Cut into the desired shapes and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the edges of the biscuits turn a tan/golden color
* Be careful not to over work the dough, or your biscuits will be stiff
* Vegans' note: almond milk and soy milk both work just as well as dairy milk. Rice milk doesn't work as well, however.
* If you want the tops of your biscuits to be more golden brown, brush them with milk, butter, or almond/soy milk before you put them in the oven.