Good-With-Anything Baking Powder Biscuits
10 to 12 2 ½ inch Biscuits
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
5 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter or margarine, Cut up, or 1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening (see note)
2/3 cup milk
Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Put flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl; stir to mix well.
Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender or rub in with your fingers, until the mixture looks like fine granules.
Add milk and stir with a fork until a soft dough forms. Turn our dough onto a lightly floured board and give 10-15 kneads. For classic round biscuits, roll dough to an 8-8 ½ inch circle (1/2 to ¾ inch thick). Cut out with a 2 or 2 ½ inch plain biscuit cutter; press the scraps together, roll out, and cut. Place biscuits on a ungreased cookie sheet, sides touching for soft sides, apart for