My husband and I love biscuits but were tired of the canned variety. Then a lady at church gave us this recipe. The dough will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator. It's handy to have on hand for company. Everyone I have shared this recipe with thinks the biscuits are great.
- 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 1/2 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
- Cooking spray
- 1 tablespoon stick margarine or butter, melted
- Dissolve yeast in warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes.
- Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (flour through salt) in a large bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add yeast mixture and buttermilk; stir just until moist. Cover and chill 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 450°.
- Turn dough out onto a heavily floured surface; knead lightly 5 times. Roll dough to a 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 3-inch biscuit cutter. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush melted margarine over biscuit tops. Bake at 450° for 13 minutes or until golden.
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