To make biscuits, mix together flour, salt, baking powder, shortening and milk in a large mixing bowl and then bake for 10 minutes after stirring, rolling and cutting the dough. This recipe requires approximately 15 minutes of prep time and makes between eight and 12 biscuits.
Gather 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1/2 tablespoon of salt, 3/4 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of shortening. Prepare the mixture using flour, salt and baking powder while adding shortening and stirring with a fork. A pastry blender is also acceptable. Pour enough milk into the mixture so that the dough becomes soft and moist. The dough also should begin to detach from the sides of the bowl. Remove dough from bowl and toss it on a lightly floured surface until it loses its stickiness. After cutting the dough using a cookie cutter, place biscuits into the oven on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until they are golden brown. If necessary, collect, press and re-cut unused dough.
If preferred, substitute the shortening with butter or margarine. When using butter or margarine, add approximately 1 to 2 tablespoons to the original shortening requirement. Less salt is also recommended. Butter browns more quickly than shortening and performs better with a technique known as flash browning, which requires a short, hot baking followed by a longer, cooler one.