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Mrs. Wilkes' Boardinghouse Biscuits

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ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   8

recipe id: 88976

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2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon water, PLUS"PLUS" means this ingredient in addition to the one on the next line, often with divided uses
1 teaspoon water


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Grease an 8" x 8" x 2" baking pan.

Sift the flour baking powder, and sugar into a bowl.

Cut in the shortening and butter until the mixture resembles course cornmeal. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the buttermilk and milk. Mix lightly and quickly with your hands to form a dough moist enough to leave the sides of the bowl.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead by picking up the sides of the dough away from you while pressing down with the palms of your hands and pushing the dough away. Repeat 6 or 7 times.

Work the dough into a large ball while kneading. Keep your fingers dry by frequently dipping them in dry flour.

Pinch off portions of dough for desired size biscuit. Press lightly to make the biscuits look flat on the pan. Make sure the biscuits touch each other.

Bake for 15 minutes.

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I finally got my answer on what to do with the water!! I accidently found this recipe in my Paula Dean cookbook - the correct version. You are supposed to put the buttermilk and the milk in a measuring cup and add water to make 3/4 Cup.

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I have been dying to try this recipe BUT there is one ingredient listed that is not mentioned again in the directions. This recipe was taken directly from Mrs. Wilkes' cookbook which is the same. Can anyone help me - what do you do with the water?!?!

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