Oct. 27th, 2009

It was a cold wet day yesterday. In the middle of class and a fascinating discussion about the way we handle courses in my school's English department I suddenly thought, "I want soup for dinner tonight. Soup and biscuits." My roommate found a good potato corn soup recipe (I'm not sure where she got it...possibly Allrecipes?). I made the biscuits.

Now, she studied abroad in New Zealand and I studied abroad in England, so in the midst of my cutting the butter into the flour, she said, "Wait. These are American biscuits?" They are. Vintage Betty Crocker, I believe.

Baking Powder Biscuits
1/3 c shortening or butter (I used butter)
1 3/4 c all-purpose flour (I did 1 c white, 3/4 c whole wheat)
2 1/2 t baking powder
3/4 t salt
3/4 c milk

Heat oven to 450 degrees (F). Mix flour, baking soda and salt. Cut shortening into mixture until it resembles fine crumbs. Stir in just enough milk that the dough leaves the side of the bowl and rounds up into a ball.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead lightly 10 times (I skipped this step last night because I forgot it was there). Roll 1/2 inch thick. Cut with floured 2 inch biscuit cutter (or a cookie cutter, or a glass if you don't own either). Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden-brown, 10-12 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet immediately.

Dinner was extremely satisfying and just what we both needed after a long, cold, rainy day.

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