Baking Powder Biscuits

Baking Powder Biscuits

(check out variations at end of recipe)

(yield 25, 2 biscuit portions)


3 1/4 qts sifted flour
1/2 qt dry, non-fat milk
6 tbsp baking powder
5 1/4 tsp salt
3 cups shortening
4 1/4 cups water

  1. Mix and sift flour, milk, baking powder, and salt into mixer bowl.
  2. Add shortening.  Mix on low speed approximately 1/2 minute or so until mixture resembles coarse corn meal.
  3. Gradually add water and mix on low speed approximately 1/2 minute or so until dough is just formed.  DO NOT OVER MIX.
  4. Place portion of dough onto lightly floured board.  Knead lightly approximately 1 minute or until dough is smooth.
  5. Roll out to a uniform 1/2 inch thickness.
  6. Cut with a 2 1/2 inch floured cutter.
  7. Arrange biscuits close together on lightly greased baking sheets.
  8. Bake at 425 degrees F. 12 to 15 minutes.

Note:  If time and space are limited, the dough may be cut into squares.  This will eliminate re-rolling the dough.


  1. Butterscotch Biscuits:  Roll dough into a rectangular sheet 1/3 inch thick.  Spread with melted buter and brown sugar.  Roll dough as for jelly roll.  Cut into slices 3/4 inch thick.  Place cut-side down, approximately 1 inch apart, on greased baking sheets.
  2. Cheese Biscuits: Decrease shortening by 1/4 cup.  Add 1/2 lb  (1/2 qt.) grated cheddar cheese before adding the water.  Brush with milk and sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese.



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