6. Biscuits are on my list of comfort food. I'm talking about the homemade biscuits not the ones that pop out of a cardboard tube. I tried quite a few biscuit recipes in the past but have finally found the best! Some recipes call for shortening but the flavor isn't as rich.
3 cups flour, sift
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tblsp cold butter cut in pieces
1 1/4 cup milk or buttermilk
(Opt ingredients: 1/2 cup chedder cheese, 1/4 cup chopped chives, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese - add before the butter)
In large mixing bowl add flour, baking powder and salt. Cut butter pieces into the flour till it resembles course meal. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in milk. Using a fork, stir together till liquid is incorporated in flour. Drop onto a lightly floured work surface and knead the dough till smooth, about one minute. Use as little flour as possible and handle quickly. Roll dough till 1/2 inch thick. Cut 3" circles of dough and place on baking sheet. Bake 450 degrees for 12 minutes. To test if done, biscuit should be doubled in size and the bottoms will be lightly browned. .