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My husband is a southerner, born and raised. I had to learn a few things about southern cooking when I married him since I’m a northern girl. One of the staples in any Southerners’ diet is biscuits. My husband endured many years of biscuits from a can before I finally conquered making them from scratch!
Last year I found this recipe on the side of a baking soda box, and it hasn’t failed me yet.
Easy Southern Biscuits
2 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
¾-1 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. Butter (diced)
2 Tbs. Shortening*
1 cup buttermilk**
*When I don’t have shortening on hand, I substitute butter and it works just fine.
**I never buy buttermilk. Instead I put 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a one cup measuring cup and fill the rest with milk. After a couple of minutes, I’ve got buttermilk!
1. Mix the dry ingredients together.
2. Rub butter and shortening into the dry mix until it looks like loose crumbles. Using your fingers is the easiest way to achieve this.
3. Stir in milk until the dough is moist but not overly wet and sticky. I never use the entire cup of milk.
4. Place dough onto lightly floured surface and fold over 5-6 times.
5. Roll dough out to 1” thick, and cut out biscuits using a biscuit cutter or the rim of a glass.
6. Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes.