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Fluffy Biscuits

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

about 8 biscuits

If you're looking for a flaky basic biscuit, this recipe is the best. These golden brown rolls bake up tall, light and tender. They're good on their own, but taste even better served warm and spread with butter or jam. —Nancy Horsburgh, Everett, Ontario
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a bowl, whisk together first 4 ingredients. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk together egg and milk. Add to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Dough will be wet.
  2. On a well-floured surface, knead dough gently 8-10 times. Roll to 1/2-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  3. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Serve warm.
Editor's Note
Most biscuit recipes benefit from as little handling as possible; not so with this recipe! As the recipe indicates, the dough must be kneaded to incorporate the ingredients, which also helps create a biscuit that is not overly lumpy. Fair warning, the dough is quite wet. Also, making a 'letter fold' with the dough helps build layers, increase height and flakiness.

Nutrition Facts

1 biscuit: 249 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 407mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.