Southern Baking Powder Biscuits
Basic biscuits can be great biscuits. These are straightforward, relying only
on baking powder for leavening.
These are simple biscuits to make with only five ingredients. If you wish to
use self-rising flour, you can make these biscuits with only three ingredients.
They will rise tall and are slightly salty with no added sugar. If you like,
you may add a tablespoon or two of sugar—but then they wouldn’t be authentic Southern
A baking sheet, preferably a dark one that will not reflect the heat
A pastry knife or pastry knife
The following recipe can be used to make these biscuits.
You can also make biscuits with a mix. We make a buttermilk biscuit mix, a sour
cream and chive biscuit mix, and a cheddar cheese biscuit mix.
These mixes are just-add-water and you should have them in your oven in about
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup cold shortening
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- Heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the shortening until the mixture
forms coarse pieces.
- Add the milk and stir the mixture with a fork until most of the dry ingredients
have been moistened.
- Turn the ingredients onto the counter and knead and fold
until the dough is formed. Do not knead longer than necessary.
- Roll or pat the dough to about 3/4-inch thickness and cut with a biscuit
cutter. Place the biscuits on a greased baking sheet with the edges touching.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until the tops are just golden brown and biscuits
sound hollow when gently tapped.
- Serve warm.
Yield: 15 large biscuits
Recipe and photo credit:
The Prepared Pantry