Starting out as a young married woman, I barely knew how to cook anything and most of what we ate was prepackaged or frozen. Over the years, though, I slowly taught myself how to cook with some successes and some failures. Biscuits were always on the failing list, turning out flat and hard or too crumbly, falling apart before you could even get it to your mouth. But, FINALLY, I have found a recipe that took me from relying on biscuits from a can to a lovely, fluffy biscuit that is easy to make and hungry husband approved!
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons. baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup butter
1 cup milk
1. In large bowl, stir together all dry ingredients.
2. Using a pastry blender or fork, cut butter into flour mixture to resemble course crumbs.
3. Add milk in all at once. Use a fork to stir just until moistened.
4. Place dough on lightly floured surface. Fold and press dough until dough starts to hold together and form a ball.
5. Pat dough out with floured hands until dough is about 3/4 inch thick. Use about a 2 inch biscuit or cookie cutter to cut out biscuits. Roll any remaining dough back out to form more biscuits.
6. Place biscuits, sides touching, on a greased baking sheet or pan and bake at 450° for 10-12 minutes. Makes about 10 biscuits.
*adapted slightly from original in By Better Homes and Gardens – New Cook Book (Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbooks) (12th Edition) (2002-09-16) [Ring-bound]