Baking Powder Biscuits

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If you want to make your own baking powder, the formula is very simple: Combine 1/4 cup cream of tartar with 2 tablespoons baking soda, and sift the two together three times. Store the powder in a tightly sealed container away from sunlight.When cutting out biscuits, don’t twist cutter; cut straight through dough to work surface. This recipe makes 8 biscuits.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder, preferably homemade (see above)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 Tbs. cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Put flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl, and whisk to mix. Using fingers or 2 forks, quickly work butter into flour until it is the texture of oatmeal with some larger lumps remaining. Make a well in center of flour, and pour in cream. Stir just until blended.
  3. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly but strongly, for 6 or 7 strokes. Roll out dough to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Using a floured fork, prick surface of dough all over at 1-inch intervals, taking care that fork goes through dough.
  4. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, stamp out dough. Place biscuits close together on baking sheet.
  5. Bake in center of oven for 8 to 12 minutes, or until biscuits are crusty and are a rich golden brown. Remove from oven, and serve.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 8
  • Calories: 240
  • Carbohydrate Content: 25 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 45 mg
  • Fat Content: 14 g
  • Protein Content: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 9 g
  • Sodium Content: 480 mg
  • Sugar Content: 1 g