Homemade Biscuits

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 TB butter (the second time I made them, I added 1/2 TB extra butter to the batter)
  • 2 TB shortening
  • 1 cup milk, chilled (originally, I used whole milk, but I've used skim milk since then and could taste no difference)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425.
  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in mixing bowl.
  3. Using your hands, mush and rub the butter and shortening into the dry ingredients until the butter and shortening are small pea-sized pieces.
  4. Make a whole in the center of the mixture (like you're making a volcano) and pour in milk.
  5. Use a fork to stir until dough just comes together.  This will be extremely sticky.  
  6. Lightly flour countertop surface and lightly flour your hands as well.  
  7. Scrape batter from bowl onto floured surface and pat gently down until your dough is roughly an inch thick. (This is where I went astray....)
  8. Using 2-inch round cookie cutters or the lip of a small glass (I used a wine glass), press down on the dough, cutting out circles.  Place circles just touching on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet.  
  9. Re-form remaining dough bits back into a 1-inch thick dough and cut out the rest of the circles. 
  10. Bake until risen with golden tops, about 14-19 minutes.