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Homemade Biscuits

These easy homemade biscuits require just three ingredients: shortening, self-rising flour, and milk. 

Southern Living OCTOBER 2004

  • Yield: Makes 14 (2-inch) biscuits
  • Prep time:10 Minutes
  • Bake:12 Minutes


  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2/3 cup milk


Cut shortening into flour with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 3 or 4 times. Pat or roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake at 475° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Sour Cream Biscuits: Substitute 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream for 2/3 cup milk. Proceed as directed.

Ham-and-Swiss Cheese Biscuits: Stir 2/3 cup finely chopped ham and 2/3 cup finely chopped Swiss cheese into the flour and shortening mixture; add milk, and proceed as directed.


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