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Friday, February 12, 2010

How to Bake A Batch of Biscuits

Biscuits or dumplings. ONE part vegetable oil ...Image via Wikipedia

Nothing gets the old man out of bed in the morning, or fills your children up like a fresh batch of southern style biscuits and country gravy. However, many times the recipe on the bag of flour or in a cookbook fall short of our expectations, especially when it comes to the biscuits rising high, and yielding enough for the family. This recipe is tried and true, makes plenty for a large family that enjoys more than one serving. Southerners love this second only to cornbread muffins and this recipe can be doctored up in many ways depending on what you serve it with. Enjoy!

Things You'll Need:

* 1 cup shortening
* 4 cups all purpose flour
* 2 tbsp. sugar
* 6 tsp. baking powder
* 2 tsp. salt
* 1 1/2 cups ice cold milk


Step 1
Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Step 2

In a large bowl sift together all dry ingredients

Step 3
Cut shortening into flour and mix well until all mixture is crumbled and resembles pea sized clumps. Slowly stir in ice cold milk until a dough ball forms and pulls away from sides of the bowl. Add more flour to dough ball so you can handle if it is too sticky.

Step 4
Flour your counter or cutting board liberally, you can cover your counter with plastic wrap,parchment paper or wax paper if you want to save a lot of trouble later. Make sure to add flour on top of it as well for best results. Place your biscuit dough ball on to the counter, sprinkle some flour on top. If you place wax paper on top of your dough ball as well as on the bottom and then roll it with your rolling pin you will get great results and less mess later. However if you don't have this handy just dust your rolling pin with flour and roll out. Make sure the end thickness of your dough is about one half to one inch thick. Brush the tops with melted butter.

Step 5
Take a biscuit cutter, or a glass tumbler that has been dipped in flour on the edges and begin cutting your biscuits. Place them on an un-greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for around 10 to 12 minutes depending on your oven. I always start peeking around 8 minutes. When biscuits have risen and are lightly golden they are ready.

Try sprinkling Parmesan cheese on the tops with a little paprika for a nice compliment to your Spaghetti or Chili recipes.
Add grated sharp cheese, approximately 1/4 cup to the dough mix to make cheese biscuits.
For sweet biscuits, add 1 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 1/2 cup of raisins. top with simple confectioner sugar glaze.
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