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  • Serves: 12 Scones

Biscuits Supreme

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Category: Biscuits

 Ingredients List

  • 2 c Flour
  • 4 ts Baking powder
  • 2 ts Sugar
  • 1/2 ts Cream of tartar
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 1/2 c Shortening
  • 2/3 c Milk


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Stir together the flour, baking powder,
sugar, cream of tartar and salt. Cut in the shortening until the mixture
resembles coarse crumbs.

Make a well in the center. Pour in the milk all at once. Stir just until
dough clings together; NO MORE.

Knead gently on a lightly floured surface for 10-12 strokes. Roll or pat to
about 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a (about) 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter,
dipping the cutter into flour before each cut.

Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 450 degrees F oven for
10-12 minutes, or until golden.

Lots of cookbooks tell you to use two knives, or some such, to do the
cutting-in of the first step. Forks work fine for me (I'm a klutz.)

All of the trick to making light, fluffy biscuits is in how you handle
them: THE LESS, THE BETTER. You can make these as drop biscuits (skip the
rolling; drop batter by tablespoons, and bake); they're even better for the
lack of handling.

Outside North America you might not know what shortening is. Use butter,
margarine, copha or lard. Vegetable shortening really is better for this
recipe, but don't forget lots of butter to put *on* them.... I make these
for study breaks. They disappear at an exponential rate....


* Simple, fluffy biscuits This originated in "The Better Homes and
Gardens Cookbook," which I consider basic equipment for genteel
middle-class living. Here "biscuits" is the North American meaning of the
word and not the Commonwealth meaning of the word. In England these would
be called "scones." Yield: makes 10-12.

: Difficulty: easy.
: Time: 10 minutes preparation, 10 minutes baking.
: Precision: measure the ingredients.

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