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Homemade Biscuits

2 plus cups self rising flour

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup shortening or lard

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add 2 cups of flour and use a whisk to break up the clumps. Add the salt and whisk together.

  2. Add the shortening and use a fork or pastry blender to cut it into the flour.  You may use your hands for this as well.

  3. Once the shortening is in pea-size pieces, add half of the buttermilk and stir with a fork very gently. Gradually add the remaining buttermilk until it comes together as a sticky dough.

  4. Pour onto a generously floured surface and form an irregular circle about one inch thick.  

  5. Gradually add a little flour at the time and pat into the dough and fold in half. Sprinkle a little more flour, pat into the doughand fold in half.  Repeat this process a few times. 

  6. Pat the dough out to form a circle about one inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter, dip it into the flour and cut the biscuits.

  7. Place the biscuits in a greased/buttered cast iron skillet or on a baking sheet.

  8. Bake at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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