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Country Buttermilk Biscuits


Yield

Makes about 9 biscuits

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup buttermilk*

*Or, substitute soured fresh milk. To sour milk, combine 2-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice plus enough milk to equal 2/3 cup in a 1-cup measure. Stir; let stand 5 minutes before using.

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make well in center of dry ingredients. Add buttermilk; stir until mixture forms soft dough that clings together and forms ball.
  3. Turn out dough onto well-floured surface. Knead dough gently 10 to 12 times. Roll or pat dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out dough with floured 2-1/2-inch biscuit cutter.
  4. Place biscuits 2 inches apart onto large ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until tops and bottoms are golden brown. Serve warm.

Bacon 'n' Onion Biscuits

Prepare Country Buttermilk Biscuits as directed in steps 1 through 2, except add 4 slices crumbled crisply cooked bacon (about 1/3 cup) and 1/3 cup chopped green onions to flour-shortening mixture before adding buttermilk. Continue as directed in steps 3 and 4. Makes about 9 biscuits.

Sour Cream Dill Biscuits

Prepare Country Buttermilk Biscuits as directed in steps 1 through 2, except omit buttermilk. Combine 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/3 cup milk and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill <em>or</em> 1 teaspoon dried dill weed in small bowl until well blended. Stir into dry ingredients and continue as directed in steps 3 and 4. Makes about 9 biscuits.

Drop Biscuits

Prepare Country Buttermilk Biscuits as directed in steps 1 and 2, except increase buttermilk to 1 cup. After adding buttermilk, stir batter with wooden spoon about 15 strokes. <em>Do not knead.</em> Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls, 1 inch apart, onto greased baking sheets. Bake as directed in step 4. Makes about 18 biscuits.

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