My grandmother makes some killer Baking Powder Biscuits and I wish that I could make some that rival hers. I can come pretty close but mine seem to be missing the grandmother touch. One of these days I will give my grandmother a run for her money in the kitchen but for now I will make do with these Baking Powder Biscuits that are pretty darn close.
Are these your big and fluffy Grands biscuits that pull apart in layers. No.
They are however your whip them up fast, pull out of the oven, split in half, slap some honey on them and go mmmmmm biscuits.
Take note these biscuits don’t really rise much so the thickness you roll them out as is what your going to get. You’ll get a little bit of rise but not much. If you roll them any thinner than an 1″ thick your going to be eating baking powder crackers. Roll them out thick like 1.5″
The Cast Of Baking Powder Biscuits
2 cups flour
2-3 teaspoons sugar (if I am using for biscuits and gravy 2 is plenty but serving with honey I like a little extra sweetness)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
2/3 cup milk
Directions For Baking Powder Biscuits
1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Mix together dry ingredients. You really should sift them together but I don’t own a sifter so I make sure the ingredients are mixed together really good and NO lumps of flour are evident.
3. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender (I like this pastry blender by Cuisinart). Your dough should know look like cornmeal or little roundish balls.
4. Add milk and stir until lightly incorporated. DON’T OVER MIX. This should only take about 10-15 rounds with a fork. Over mixing will make for tough biscuits.
5. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead your dough 8-10 times to make sure everything is well mixed (but not over mixed).
6. Roll our your dough about an 1.5″ inch thick. Cut biscuits with a biscuit cutter or the bottom of a well floured cup (with no lip) works as well.
7. Place cut biscuits on a greased cookie sheet close together for soft fluffy biscuits. Bake for 13-15 minutes.
I usually end up with 20 biscuits and rolling out my dough 3 times.