Thursday, June 14, 2007

Baking Powder Biscuits

Posted by Picasa

Until recently I have avoided biscuits like the plaque-making them 'from scratch' out of a jiffy box. All because of two bad (BAD!) experiences. Then I found this recipe and it is the best I have ever seen/tested, bar none.

The BEST part about these light and fluffy biscuits? They can be cut out and frozen, then baked just before using! The convenience of Pillsbury without the cost! WA-HOO!!!

6 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. instant nonfat dry milk powder
1/4 c. baking powder
1/4 c. sugar
2 t. salt
2 t. cream of tartar
1 c. cold lard, cut into chuncks
1 c. (2 sticks) cold butter, cut into chunks
1 3/4 c. buttermilk, approx.

Preheat oven to 400. In a VERY large bowl (I actually use a stock pot), combine alldry ingredients. With a pastry blender, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and pour in buttermilk. With a fork, quickly and lightly combine the ingredients. Not all of the flour will be incorporated at this point.

Turn the dough onto a well-floured pastry cloth (or counter) and with floured hands, knead it 8-10 turns until smooth.

Roll out until about 3/4 inch thick. Cut out using biscuit cutter, glass or (what I often use) the ring to a canning jar. Prick the tops of each biscuit with a fork-3 times.

Bake or freeze.

Bake: 13-15 minutes until LIGHTLY browned.

Freeze: place unbaked biscuits on a cookie sheet without touching one another. Freeze until hard. Then transfer to freezer bags.

To serve: remove as many biscuits as needed and bake frozen on oiled cookie sheet for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned on top.

Easy peasy and OH SO GOOD!


LBP said...

Your recipes look delicious. I love homemade biscuits! I liked to have never learned to make them. I will definitely try your recipe along with the apple butter muffins that sound wonderful!

Mrs. U said...

I definitely understand using Jiffy Mix. I used it for about 2 years when we were first married. I must've tried making homemade biscuits a bazillion times before finally getting it right. Now Mr. U says mine are the best!! That's exactly what I wanted him to say. I cook for the BESTEST hubby in the world!

Mrs. U

Mandie said...

Here's that recipe I promised for the homemade Pop Tarts!

Cream together 1C + 2 Tbsp sugar with 1 C. shortening (I like the butter flavored kind), add 2 lg eggs. Then alternatively add 4 1/2C all purpose flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt to the dough with 1/4C milk.

Chill the dough for an hour. I have a 3 1/2 by 3 1/2" square cookie cutter that I use to cut out the tarts. I try to roll them pretty thin~ like 1/8" thin. (As many pieces as I can get out of the dough) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I brush the 1/4" outside edge with an egg wash and fill the inside with (homemade) strawberry jam. Layer another identical piece over the bottom. I crimp the edges together all the way around with a fork and pierce little holes over the filling. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool about 15 minutes.

If you want a little frosting, you can whisk 2 Tbsp whole milk into 4 oz powdered sugar and paint onto the tarts.

**I have also been known to fill some with Nutella. Yes, chocolate pop tarts. With a glass of milk, there is nothing like it. YUM!!! Enjoy!