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Baking Powder Biscuits


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  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 3/4 - 1 cup milk


Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 15mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Start oven at 450 degrees F. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in a mixing bowl

Step 2

Cut shortening into sifted dry ingredients with a pastry blender. Cut until mixture looks like coarse meal. Pour in milk, a small amount first, and stir with a fork until dough is mixed but rough looking. Add remaining milk if necessary.

Step 3

Work fast - pat dough on lightly floured board 1/2" thick. Use as little flour as possible. Cut dough in a cookie cutter that has been dipped in flour. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 15 minutes.

Grandma's biscuits — a perfect pairing for chicken and gravy!

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  • 2 large water or soda bottles (empty)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Ready 2 large plastic bottles, cleaned and dried.
  3. Add 1 cup of flour to each bottle.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to each.
  5. Melt butter, then add equal halves to each bottle.
  6. Add 6 eggs, 3 in each.
  7. Add 1/2 tbsp of baking powder to each.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream to each.
  9. Shake the bottles thoroughly until the contents are well mixed.
  10. In one of the bottles only, add the cocoa powder.
  11. Beginning with the cocoa powder mixture, add a dolop of batter to the center of a circular
  12. baking tin. Do the same with the other mixture, placing the dolop directly in the center of the previous one.
  13. Continue with alternating additions of each mixture until all batter is used and the tin is full.
  14. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  15. Serve and enjoy!

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