Susie's Southern Biscuits

Makes 12

2 cups flour

4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

2 tsp. sugar

1/2 cup butter, very cold, cut into 1/2" chunks

2/3 cup milk


In a medium mixing bowl, sift together first 5 ingredients. Using food processor or pastry cutter, cut butter into dry ingredients until butter is in pea-sized pieces; using a fork, stir milk into dry ingredients just until dough is uniformly moist (there will be lumps). Move dough to a large sheet of waxed paper; use a second sheet of wax paper (not your hands) to fold dough in half a few times; pat into a square approximately 8x8", taking care not overwork the dough. Cut into 9 squares; bake in preheated 450° oven on baking sheet lined with parchment paper until light brown on top (8-10 min.). Serve warm with butter and honey or fill with scrambled eggs, ham, cheese, etc. for a true southern-style breakfast.

Recipe courtesy of Elizabeth Ries.