Best Ever Biscuits

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2 cups all−purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shortening or butter

2/3 cup milk

In medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, cream of tartar, and salt. Mix well

to distribute the baking powder and the salt.

Using a pastry blender or fork, cut shortening into flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse

crumbs. If you use butter, be sure it is chilled. (Mixing by hand softens the shortening, making the

dough sticky and hard to handle.)

Gently push the flour−shortening mixture against the sides of the bowl, making a well in the center.

Pour the milk into the well all at once. Using a fork, stir just until the mixture follows the fork around

the bowl and forms soft dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently 10 to 12 strokes.

On the lightly floured surface, pat the dough to 1/2−inch thickness (or roll it out with a lightly floured

rolling pin, if desired). Sprinkle a little flour over dough.

Cut biscuit dough with a 2 1/2−inch round biscuit cutter, pressing the cutter straight down. Be careful

not to twist the cutter or flatten the cut biscuit edges or you won’t get straight−sided, evenly shaped

biscuits. Dip the cutter into flour between cuts to prevent sticking. If you do not have a biscuit cutter,

use a straight−sided glass. Or, pat the dough into a 1/2−inch−thick rectangle and cut into squares or

triangles using a sharp knife.

Using a metal spatula, carefully transfer the cut biscuits to an ungreased baking sheet. For

crusty−sided biscuits, place about 1 inch apart. For soft−sided biscuits, place biscuits close together in

an ungreased baking pan.

Re−roll scraps of dough and cut into biscuit shapes. Try to cut out as many biscuits as possible from a

single rolling of dough. Too many re−rollings of the dough causes biscuits to be tough and dry.

Bake biscuits in 450 degrees F oven 10 to 12 minutes or until biscuits are golden on the top and the

bottom.

Serve warm.

Makes 10 to 12 biscuits.

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