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Friday, February 01, 2008
Favorite Ingredients Friday for February 1
For Favorite Ingredients Friday today, I would like to share a favorite biscuit recipe of mine. These are the best baking powder biscuits around, in my humble opinion. Yesterday I made a batch of them and cut them in heart shapes to give to my parents with a jam/jelly assortment for their wedding anniversary.
3 c. flour 4 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1 Tblsp. sugar 3/4 tsp. salt 3/4 tsp. cream of tartar 3/4 c. cold butter or margarine 3/4 c. milk 1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 400º. Into a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar. With a pastry blender, cut in the butter or margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, beat together the milk and egg. Add to flour mixtures and stir until flour is moistened.
Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Knead dough once or twice and roll out to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out biscuits using a 2 -1/2-inch biscuit cutter (or whatever size you have). Place the biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Serve hot. Yield: 18 biscuits.
These unusual biscuits are absolutely wonderful! They are good with butter and jam (or just jam -- there’s plenty of butter already in them!) and they make especially good strawberry shortcake biscuits. The recipe is from an old cookbook published by Current®, Inc.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.