Thursday, November 29, 2012

Baking Powder Biscuits


Ama’s Baking Powder Biscuits

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Sunday dinner! 
These were a tradition most Sunday’s at our house when my mother, Ama Shirley, made Pot Roast, Potatoes and English Mustard.

4 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
½ - ¾ C shortening (organic palm oil)
1 ½ C buttermilk

  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.  Cut in shortening to dry ingredients with a pastry cutter until pea-sized lumps remain. 
  3. Add buttermilk and incorporate with the tines of a fork* (see below).  Gently press the entire mass into a ball. 
  4. Put dough onto floured countertop.  Press and pat out to ¾-inch thick and cut with 2-inch round cutter. 
  5. Bake on ungreased baking sheet for15 minutes.

*Don’t over-mix!  The flaky layers will be destroyed.  To the liquid ingredients, add about half of the liquid to all of the dry ingredients, and gently pull and fold the dry ingredients into the liquid with the fork forming a lump of dough.  Take out the doughy part, set it on the counter, leaving the remaining dry ingredients in the bowl.  To that add the rest of the liquid and fold in the rest of the dry ingredients.  

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