Everyone needs a good biscuit recipe. They are super easy and quick to make and will have you wondering why you’ve ever bought the ones in a can, let alone a mix!
These biscuits are pretty fail-proof because they utilize shortening which has a higher melting point. As they bake the flour and shortening are forced apart until the shortening melts. By this point the biscuit will be set, creating that sought after flaky texture. It’s pretty amazing. If you wanted to go truly old school you’d use lard. Don’t be grossed out, that is exactly what our ancestors used! It’s all natural baby!
Is a biscuit considered bread?
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Yes, biscuits are considered a bread. However, unlike normal bread, biscuits don’t use yeast, which makes them super fast to make because the dough does not need to rise. Sometimes you will hear Biscuits and other bread such as soda bread and cornbread bread be called “Quick Bread” as they do not require you to wait for them to rise.
Can I use baking soda in place of baking powder?
Ya, that is totally fine. It will change the flavor a just little bit though. To replace the Baking powder in this recipe use 3 Tablespoons of Baking Soda instead of the one tablespoon of baking powder. That’s it (: and it will still make you some delicious warm flaky old-fashioned biscuits.
Can you make biscuits without baking soda, baking powder, or shortening?
Yes, you can. However, without these, you will not get the same biscuits as the recipe below. I would recommend going to the store and getting baking soda and shortening over making them without those ingredients. That being said, if you don’t have baking powder or soda you can replace that and flour in the recipe with self-rising flour. Then if you don’t have shortening replace it with butter. I would recommend going to the store and getting baking soda and shortening over making them without those ingredients.
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Flaky Old Fashioned Biscuits
Flaky Old Fashioned Biscuits
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup shortening cold
- 1 cup milk
- Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Cut in the cold shortening using a pastry knife or 2-knife method (see cooking lesson below).
- Gradually pour in the milk, stirring until the dough comes together.
- Turn the dough out on a floured surface and work it just until everything is well combined.
- Roll the dough out about 1-inch thick. Use a circle cutter or a drinking glass dipped in flour to cut out your biscuits. Combine leftover scraps and continue re-rolling and cutting until all dough is used.
- Place cut biscuits on a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes, until the tops are nicely browned.
This recipe first appeared on The Stay At Home Chef on March 12, 2013
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