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.
I think this would be a good recipe with a little tweaking I personally felt there was too much soda flavor, salt?, oven was to hot and biscuits were doughy on in BROWN on out. a lot of this is easy fixes. just need to work around the base
Karis April 18, 2014 REVIEW:
Very good and simple recipe. Salt was left out of recipe (for these proportions 1/2 to 1 tsp. salt based on your taste should be correct. I prefer 1/2 tsp. sea salt) I think they made a mistake on temperature and it should be 425 Fahrenheit (~ 220 Celsius) for ~ 15 minutes. (Ovens always differ... watch your biscuits!) Also I hate shortening as partially hydrogenated oils are very bad for you. I substituted unsalted creamery butter. (Normal substitution for shortening is 1 to 1 or 1 to 1 1/4 butter instead of the shortening. I used 1 to 1 and it was fine)
Joyce March 8, 2014 REVIEW:
These were very baking soda flavored. I added 1/4 tsp salt, because I worried they would be bland & I reduced the oven temp to 325 so they wouldn't brown so quickly. They looked pretty, but I couldn't even finish eating one because of the bitter taste.
Scarlett November 14, 2013 COMMENT: Uuuuummmm..... How much salt?
skittles November 6, 2013 REVIEW:
I baked at 450 and they still got brown too quickly. Good biscuits though.
luci68 November 3, 2012 REVIEW:
These were very good biscuits. I was out of baking powder and had to find a new recipe. These turned brown on top before I got them out of the oven, but they stayed extra soft, not hard at all. My babies loved them also.