Baking Powder Biscuits
When Cindy and I were first married, she showed me the proper method of making biscuits. They have since become a favorite of mine. I love a fresh hot batch of biscuits right out of the oven, served with a wide array of jams, honey and my favorite, apple butter. These biscuits are made with whole grains of course, and can be served with a meal… or are good enough to become the entire meal themselves.
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup cornmeal*
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup buttermilk
* Optional: Substitute 1/4 cup whole wheat flour for corn meal.
PREHEAT: Heat oven to 450°.
MIX: Cut shortening into flour, baking powder and salt with pastry blender until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in just enough milk so that dough does not stick to sides of bowl and forms a ball. (Too much milk makes dough g ummy, not enough makes biscuits dry.)
KNEAD & ROLL: Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Gently knead about ten times. Roll out to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter and place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
BAKE: Bake until tops are golden brown, around 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately take from cookie sheet.
FINISH: Serve with butter, jams, honeys and apple butter.