Easy recipe for biscuits?
hey, i know i should post this somewhere else, but you're the people whose cooking i trust the most. can any of you extremely talented people give me a recipe for easy biscuits? i want something light and airy and delicious, but i have no baking accoutrements - i.e., no mixer, or even the baking paddle in my food processor. all i've got are my two hands, and i know those can sometimes be a detriment in making baked goods light and flaky. i'm thinking of making biscuits and a small ham for our very pared down xmas dinner, so i don't need a recipe that makes a ton of them, or maybe something i can halve? as there will only be three of us. thanks in advance!
Hand-Squashed Cathead Biscuits (from Chowhound poster Andy P.)
2 cups White Lily (or other) self-rising flour
½ cup lard
¾ cup buttermilk
Cut shortening into flour till it looks like meal. Add enough milk to make the dough come away from the sides of the bowl. Throw it onto a floured surface, and knead it 10 or more times. Pinch off 6 or 8 good-size pieces and hand squash them into biscuits no more than ¾ inch thick. Place on an ungreased baking tin and put in a preheated 450-degree oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown, and as big as cat heads.
These biscuits are especially awesome with good lard, but even the stuff in the green and white box does the trick. Soooo gooooood!
Real lard is rendered, solidified pork fat. It has a rich flavor, sometimes with porky overtones, depending on how the lard was rendered. I've never bought it, just rendered it myself. I think you can buy it at some specialty butchers, though. It's worth searching out because it really does make heavenly biscuits.
Before I started rendering, I bought lard in sticks (Armor brand, maybe?) at Hispanic markets. It doesn't have much flavor, but it's not as neutral as Crisco.
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(I had this on the What's For Dinner thread but the mods moved it.) Thanks everyone, i'll look these over. Appreciate more input too, thanks!