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Genuine Southern Biscuits

Source: Fine Cooking - Issue No. 14
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  35 Minutes
  Yields 18 two-inch biscuits
This recipe calls for soft southern flour, but you can substitute the same amount of all-purpose flour or use a mix of half all-purpose and half cake flour. Flour and lard amounts are listed by weight (ounces) and volume (cups). Use either measurement.
12 ounces (about 2 2/3 cups) soft southern flour; more for dusting
1 teaspoon  baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
3 oz. (about 1/3 cup plus 4 teaspoon) chilled fresh lard, cut into 1-inch chunks
3/4 to 1 cup buttermilk
Put the oven rack in center position and heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Sift the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt into a large bowl. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the lard until it is evenly mixed with the flour and there are no large clumps. Working swiftly, use a rubber spatula to fold in 3/4 cup buttermilk in three parts until it's just blended into the dry ingredients; add up to 1/4 cup more buttermilk if needed.

Lightly dust the work surface with flour and scoop the dough onto the counter with the spatula. Dust your fingers with flour. Using your fingertips only, lightly work the dough just until it holds together.

Roll the dough out about 1/2-inch thick and use a biscuit cutter to punch out 12 two-inch biscuits. After cutting the first dozen, quickly stack up scrap pieces, roll the dough out and cut more biscuits. This second string of biscuits won't rise as high but are still quite good.

Put the biscuits close to each other (but not touching) on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until the tops are light golden brown, 15 to 17 minutes. Serve immediately on their own or with butter, sour cream and preserves, or molasses.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Fine Cooking Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Yields 18 two-inch biscuits
Calories: 116
Fat. Total: 5g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 15g
Sodium: 210mg
% Cal. from Fat: 39%
Cholesterol: 5mg
Protein: 2g
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