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Traditional Southern Biscuits


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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter cold
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening cold
  • 1 cup milk
  • melted butter


Servings 12


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Add 1 tablespoon of the cold butter and the cold shortening and work it into the dry ingredients, using your hands, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the milk. The dough will be sticky.

Dust your work surface with some flour. Turn the dough onto the floured surface. Gently fold each side toward the center. Turn dough over and shape into a small round.

Press or roll the dough out to 1-inch thickness. Cut the biscuits, straight down, do not twist the cutter, with a 2 1/4-inch round cookie cutter or juice glass.

Brush tops of biscuits with melted butter. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

This recipe yields about 12 biscuits.

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