Old Fashioned Soda Biscuits
ready in: under 30 minutes
recipe id: 16260
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup sour milk or buttermilk
Sift, then measure flour and sift again with the baking soda and salt. With a fork or two table knives, work shortening into flour mixture until crumbly. Make a well in center of mixture and pour in all but a couple of tbsp. buttermilk. Stir to make a soft dough.
Quickly add the rest of milk if need and stir in with fork. On floured surface, lay your piece of dough. To be a good biscuit maker, the less you work the dough the better. Sprinkle top of dough with flour to prevent sticking. With hands knead dough no more than 5 or 6 times.
Pat dough out to 1/2" thin. We always cut this biscuit with something no bigger an opening then a baby food jar. They raise up nice and high and have no bitter taste that baking powder has. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 475 degrees F oven for 12 to 15 minutes.
To make your own Sour Milk if you don't have Buttermilk on hand, Add 4 Tbsp. Vinegar to 3/4 cup of milk.
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