Combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt; stir well. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually add buttermilk, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 10 to 12 times. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter. Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
These biscuits are pretty good for a quick and easy recipe. I did have to add up 1/2 cup of additional flour as the dough was really wet and sticky. I just worked a little in at a time during the kneading until it got to a good consistency- don't add too much and don't knead too long. Biscuits came out light and fluffy with a slight crunch to the top. Very good with our sausage gravy. Super quick to make. I also didn't have buttermilk so I used sour milk(whole milk with some vinegar) good in a pinch but most likely would have been better with buttermilk.
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