Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Extremely Frugal Biscuits

A favorite from the San Jacinto Inn, near the Battleship Texas, in Houston. It closed long ago, but on Sunday, you could have as many biscuits as you wanted with your fried chicken and mashed potatoes. They had home-made strawberry jam to go with them.

10 biscuits
Flour2 C
Baking powder2 1/2 tsp
Salt1/2 tsp
Sugar1/2 tsp
Shortening3/4 C
Milk3/4 C + 2 Tbsp

Preheat oven to 400 F
Blend flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
Cut in shortening until its the size of cornmeal.
Make a well in the center, and pour in milk. Stir quickly (about 30 seconds) to combine flour and milk.
Turn out on floured counter and pat or roll into 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into 10 biscuits.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

For cheese biscuits, stir in 1/2 C shredded cheese before adding milk. If you use swiss cheese, a pinch of nutmeg adds an interesting hint of flavor.

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