Today I decided to make some easy biscuits for lunch. I used the recipe my mom and I have always used, which is the recipe from our Pillsbury cookbook, published in 1989. It has taken me a couple years to perfect this recipe, but it is a recipe I probably make about once a week! Prep time and cooking take about thirty minutes to make, and they are delicious!
Baking Powder Biscuits
Makes 12 biscuits
4 cups of flour
6 tsp baking powder
1 cup shortening
1.5 to 2 cups of milk
Today, I decided to make some easy biscuits for lunch. Jack helped me measure out the flour and baking powder into the bowl. He loves being able to pour things into the bowl! Plus, it keeps him engaged while I’m trying to get the food made while he waits. I added the shortening and cut it into the flour so that the flour and shortening were all combined. Make sure the shortening is cubed, and that there are chunks of shortening still in the bowl. . Finally, I let Jack pour in the milk. You are supposed to pour it in gradually, but I just let Jack dump it into a little well that I had made in the middle of the bowl, and that worked just as well. Once he poured in the milk, I finished stirring the mixture together and then we started on the fun part!
The unique part about making biscuits is that you get to roll out the dough and cut out the biscuits. I had Jack help me put flour on the counter, and then taught him how to roll out the dough. Leave the dough nice and thick, about half an inch. You want the dough pretty thick so that it rises nicely. The chunks of shortning help too! I had to help him a little bit as he wasn’t pushing the dough hard enough, but he still really enjoyed himself.
Once the dough was rolled out to the thickness I wanted, we pulled out a cup (plastic so he wouldn’t break it), and cut out the biscuit circles. Once again, I had to help him a little bit in order to get the cup all the way down, but he caught on really quickly. Some of the biscuits had random cup line on them from Jack enjoying himself, but that’s ok. It’s not like I was going to serve them on Masterchef!
Finally, I had Jack help me put the cut out biscuits on the cookie tray. Once they were all on the tray, I popped them in the oven for 8 to 12 minutes at 450°F.
We pulled them out and ate them warm with butter and jam. Jack couldn’t get enough of them and neither could I! Yay for easy biscuits!