6 c All purpose flour (soft)
1 1/2 ts Salt
1 tb Sugar
1 ts Baking powder
1 c Shortening
1 c Milk
Mix the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl or in a food
processor fitted with a metal blade.
Add the shortening and cut in or process until the mixture is the
consistency of coarse meal. Pour in the milk and stir or process just
until the dough holds together. If it is dry or crumbly, add more milk. If
it is too wet, add more flour. Knead briefly in the food processor, then
turn out onto a floured board or beat 1,001 times with a rolling pin.
when it's ready, the dough should "snap" when you hit it. Fold the dough
in half. Roll out the folded dough until it is 1/2 inch thick. Cut with
a 1-1/4-inch biscuit cutter into small rounds. Prick each round with a
fork, making two parallel sets of holes in the biscuit. keep rolling out
the dough, folding before cutting, until all the scraps are gone and you
have made about 100 biscuits.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the biscuits on a lightly
greased pan. Bake for 30 minutes, until crisp, but not browned. They
should open easily when split with a fork. They will keep for weeks tightly
covered in a tin or in the freezer.
Split in two before serving. From Nathalie Dupree's "New Southern Cooking"
From Gemini's MASSIVE MealMaster collection at www.synapse.com/~gemini