While I was in high school, I was fortunate enough not only to have home economics class, but a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Ellis, who not only taught by the book, but also by letting us cook. She was always giving cookbooks as gifts . When graduation came she gave the most appropriate gift.... a Betty Crocker Cookbook. This book went to college with me, to my first "living in my own apartment time" , where it was hardly used at all. Then along came married bliss and I spent my days pouring over the pages wanting to impress my new husband with a new dish each night.The book now after 25 years, is worn, stained, wrote in, and still enjoyed. What I like about this book the most, is it has basic recipes that are easy to follow and requires the common ingredients usually in the cupboard. One of the recipes I use most, is the Baking Powder Biscuits. It can be used as a basic biscuit mix but can be forgiving enough to let you throw in a few extras to change it up. This has been our main breakfast biscuit, wonderful when the recipe is doubled to make extra large biscuits for ham and biscuit suppers. I also add extra milk and cheddar cheese at times to copy those wonderful biscuits from Red Lobster. A simple biscuit with hearty results.
1/3 cup shortening.................1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder.........3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk........................2 tbs. sugar (optional)
Heat oven to 450.F . Cut shortening into flour, baking powder and salt with pastry blender until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in milk so dough leaves side of bowl and rounds up into a ball. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead lightly . Roll 1/2 inch thick. Cut with floured biscuit cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Enjoy!