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Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Bread

Category Bread recipes
Time 45 minutes

Biscuits - These biscuits are tall, light, and flaky. They are less salty than many bought mixes. They taste good plain or with butter, honey, jam, or sausage/ham gravy.


[note 1]
Baker's %
3 cups flour [note 2] 375 100%
4 1/2 tsp. baking powder 20.7 5.52%
3/4 tsp. cream of tartar 2.25 0.6%
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar 31.5 8.4%
3/4 tsp. salt 4.5 1.2%
3/4 cup shortening 153.75 41%
1 egg, beaten 50 13.33%
1 cup milk 244 65.07%
Formula 881.7 235.12%


  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Sift all dry ingredients into bowl.
  3. Cut in shortening until like coarse meal.
  4. Beat egg lightly and add to milk.
  5. Add liquid to dry ingredients and mix with fork until dough holds together.
  6. Turn out onto floured board and knead lightly with floured fingers.
  7. Roll out 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick and cut with floured cutter (a round cookie cutter).
  8. Place on baking sheet and bake at 450°F (230°C) for 12 minutes.

Conversion Notes[edit]

  1. Weight conversions from USDA National Nutrient Database. Original recipe ingredient order preserved, parenthetical moved to note, otherwise text unchanged. All purpose flour and whole milk used for weight conversions. Egg size presumed as large.
  2. Preferably a soft wheat flour; look for flour labeled "soft wheat" or "better for biscuits". If no soft flour is available, mixing three parts all-purpose with one part cake flour will get you close.