How to Make Basic Biscuits

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Make Basic Biscuits

Biscuits are a delicious addition to a meal, and homemade biscuits are hands down better than store-bought. They are so quick and easy to make there's no excuse not to add them to your dinner tonight. This recipe makes about 10 biscuits.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 c. flour
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 c. shortening
  • Groceries
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Cookie Sheets
  • Dinner Forks
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Pastry Blenders
  • Rolling Pins
  • Spatulas
  • Cookie sheets
  • Mixing bowls
  • 1 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutters
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    • 1

      Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

    • 2

      Use a dry fork to stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

    • 3

      Cut in shortening, using a pastry blender, two knives or your fingertips, until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.

    • 4

      Make a well in the center of the mixture and add all of the milk. Stir with a fork until mixture is moist.

    • 5

      Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead gently, turning the dough, until soft and smooth.

    • 6

      Roll dough out to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut biscuit shapes out of the dough using a biscuit cutter or a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter.

    • 7

      Place biscuit rounds on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes or until golden on the bottom.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try buttermilk instead of regular milk.

  • Try using half whole-wheat flour or one-quarter cornmeal.

  • A 1/4-cup or 1/3-cup dry measure can do for a biscuit cutter.

  • For lower-fat biscuits, reduce the shortening to 2 tbsp. (They will not be as luscious.)

  • Biscuits, especially lower-fat biscuits, are best right out of the oven.

  • Don't overknead the dough or it will be tough. Just knead until it all comes together nicely.

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