Buttermilk Baking-Powder Biscuits
Makes 8 (2 ½ inch) Biscuits
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
About ¾ cup buttermilk
Optional: ¼ cup sugar added after step 2.
1. Preheat oven to 450F. Sift flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt into medium bowl.
2. Cut shortening into flour mixture, with a pastry blender or 2 knives (used scissors fashion), until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
3. Make a well in the center. Pour in 2/3 cup milk all at once. Stir quickly round the bowl, with a fork. If mixture seems dry, add a little more milk, to form dough just moist enough (but not wet) to leave side of bowl and form ball.
4. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, to knead. Gently pick up dough from side away from you; fold over toward you; press out lightly with palm of hand. Give the dough a quarter turn. Repeat ten times.
5. Gently roll out dough, from center, to ½ to ¾ inch thickness.
6. With floured 2 ½ inch biscuit cutter, cut straight down into dough, being careful not to twist cutter.
7. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; bake 12 to 15 minutes.