3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbl baking powder
1-4 tbl sugar
4-6 tbl butter or shortening
1 cup milk or buttermilk
Use greater quantities for richer biscuits.
In a medium size bowl mix together flour, salt baking powder and sugar with a wire whisk.
Cut in shortening/butter with a pastry blender until thoroughly blended. Two table knives may be used as a substitute blender.
Add milk to mixture. Using a fork, stir until mixture is barely moistened, then press together into dough ball using hands.
Place dough onto floured surface. Roll out to about 3/4 inch thickness using a rolling pin. Cut into biscuits using 2 inch round biscuit cutter dipped in flour.
Place biscuits close together on baking sheet. Bake in hot oven (425 degrees) for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.
This is a recipe taken from the King Arthur Flour 200th anniversary cookbook.