Buttermilk Baking Powder Biscuits


adapted from Cooking form Quilt Country by Marcia Adams

Servings - approx. 35   Serving size - 1 biscuit   PP per svg - 5 points+

Calories - 186.4,   Total Fat - 11.1g,   Carb. - 18.5g,   Protein - 2.8g,   Fiber - 0.6g

6 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder

1/4 cup baking powder

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 cup solid vegetable shortening sticks ( such as Crisco sticks, cut into pieces

1 cup COLD, unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 3/4 cup lowfat buttermilk

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.    In a very large bowl, combine the flour, dry milk powder, baking powder, sugar, salt and cream of tartar.  Add the pieces of shortening and butter.  With a pastry blender or two forks, cut in the shortening/butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Don't work it too much.  It is ok to see pieces of the shortening/butter throughout...it is actually better to see pieces, as this is what gives the biscuits their flakiness.  

2. Make a well in the center of the mixture, and pour in the buttermilk.  With a fork, quickly and lightly combine the ingredients.  If the flour isn't fully incorporated at this point, you can knead the dough gently with your hands for a few seconds...but again...don't worry about working it too much.  

3.  I don't like to work with a lot of dough at one time, so I take about 1/4th of the dough out of the bowl and put on a lightly floured surface and then press it flat with my hand to about 3/4 inch thickness.  You can use a rolling pin if you like.  Using a 2 1/2" round cutter, cut out biscuits and place on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 " apart . ( if you are freezing some, put them on another parchment lined baking sheet to flash freeze before putting into a zipper freezer bag to store)

4.  Bake for 13 -15 minutes or until golden brown.  Brush the tops with melted butter if you wish once they come out of the oven. ( may affect points+ values)  

5.  For freezing:  place the cut out biscuits on a parchment lined baking sheet and put into freezer until they are hard.  Transfer them to a freezer bag for storage.  Write the baking instructions on the bag along with the pp values.  To bake from frozen:  remove desired amount of frozen biscuits from bag and place approx. 2 " apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 -18 minutes, or until golden brown.