Basic Biscuits

There are dozens of recipes for biscuits. Many Southern biscuits are made with buttermilk and have a soft tender texture. Some types of biscuits also have cheese or herbs added. Biscuits are a quick and easy bread to make. This recipe is a basic biscuit made with regular milk. They're equally good with butter, jelly, or gravy whether you're having them for breakfast or any other meal.

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Basic Biscuits

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add shortening and cut into dry ingredients with a pastry blender until mixture is blended into fine crumbs. Add milk, stirring until dough is formed. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead several times. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thick and use a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter to cut out dough. Place biscuits 1 inch apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until browned.


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