Sunday, April 18, 2010

Southern Style Biscuits

These biscuits form the topping for the codfish pie. Biscuits are easy to make. We once had a young man who was an etymologist, or bug scientist at the Smithsonian, living in our basement. He made really good biscuits, and for a while, I used to make them around 5:00 on winter evenings, for what passed as afternoon tea at our house. This calls for buttermilk. I just poured a teaspoonful of vinegar into the milk and buttermilked it.
Even though the pie part of the Codfish Pie was easy, and the biscuits were easy, it did all take time. As a result of taking time, my son the lawyer complained massively that we didn't eat until 8:45 or 9:00.

Southern-Style Biscuits

2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons melted shortening
2/3 buttermilk, approximately

  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  3. Stir in the shortening and buttermilk to make a soft dough. Work on a floured board lightly until dough can be rolled. Roll out to one half inch thickness and cut into rounds.
  4. Place rounds on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake ten to twelve minutes.

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