Cooking is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy the planning, the preparation, and most of all serving a home cooked meal to my family of five. Over the years I have added a wide variety of recipes to my collection, and we have our favorite dishes. No matter what the entrée may be, there is one accompaniment that my family loves and asks for again and again. Biscuits. There is nothing quite like golden, browned biscuits straight from the oven to serve with a dab of fresh butter, a favorite jelly, or even a little sweet syrup.
Biscuits may be the true Southern soul food. They are a versatile quick bread that can be served for breakfast with jam or gravy, filled with ham or chicken for a lunchtime sandwich, or added to supper as an extra treat.
Fortunately, biscuits are also very simple to make. And once most families taste “real” homemade biscuits, they may never want canned, frozen, or prepared mix biscuits again.
We like our biscuits on the side with just about anything and everything, ranging from fried chicken (another recipe that has been handed down) to beef and noodles!
This simple recipe is my tried and true recipe for biscuits. It was handed down from my mother and both grandmothers. I know it by heart and make it without reading the recipe. The ingredients are basic things that most cooks will have on hand and doesn’t require any special trips to the market to buy specialty ingredients.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons shortening
- 2/3 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 450.
- Mix dry ingredients together and sift into a bowl. Work the shortening into the dry mix using a pastry knife or a fork. Add milk and stir gently to form the biscuit dough.
- Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about ½ inch thick.
- Use a biscuit cutter (the mouth of a glass or mug will work if you don’t have one) to cut into biscuits.
- Place on a baking sheet coated with pan spray and bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown.
That’s it. It’s that simple to put home-baked biscuits on the table for your family to enjoy.