I love biscuits. There are days that I seriously crave biscuits. I love them with jam, honey, cane syrup, and as sandwiches. They are perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Biscuits are something that I associate with my Grandma. She would pull up a stool to the kitchen counter and let us "help" her make them. (I think all that we did was make a mess.) She never used a biscuit cutter, just the rim of a juice glass.
I decided to make biscuits one morning. I was on vacation and had some buttermilk that I needed to use up.
(adapted from Screen Doors and Sweet Tea)
2 cups all-purpose flour (use Martha White or White Lily)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons lard or vegetable shortening
1/4 cup buttermilk, cold
In a bowl (or food processor) combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add butter and work until the mixture is the size of peas.
Using a fork stir in the buttermilk until all of the flour is moistened. On a floured surface knead the dough for 1 minute. Pat into a 1/2-inch circle and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 20 minutes or overnight.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. With a biscuit cutter or other sharp edge cut the biscuits into circles. Place on a baking sheet with the sides touching just a little. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Feel free to brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter when they are still warm.