While this recipe calls for a biscuit cutter, I grew up watching my mom form each biscuit by hand and placing them in the pan that way. Just start with ball of dough and shape it out just as you would a hamburger patty. They’ll certainly be a lot less perfect than the biscuit cutter version, but I think it adds character.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup lard or shortening
- 2/3 cup milk
- Preheat oven 450 degrees. Make sure the rack is in the center.
- In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Cut in lard til it all resembles small peas.
- Stirring with a fork, gently add milk to make a soft dough. With floured hands knead dough gently 4 times in bowl.
- Put dough on lightly floured surface. Roll or pat the dough to about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick.
- Cut with a floured 2″ cutter. Place the cut-out biscuits about 1″ apart on ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake on a large ungreased baking sheet, until biscuits are golden brown, about 12 minutes.
- Serve biscuits piping hot.