This can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or desert. It mixes up very quickly so is a good option to add a little something extra to a meal when company shows up. Store it in the refrigerator.
- 8 cups flour
- 1/3 cup baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 4 tsp sugar
- 2 cups butter
Mix this using a kitchen-aid or do it half at a time in a food processor, because you want the butter to mix in thoroughly. The final texture will be a fairly course sand.
To make biscuits:
- 1 1/2 cup mix — break it up to prevent lumps
- 1/3 cup milk
This makes 6-8 biscuits. Increase the quantity if you want more. You can drop these onto a cookie sheet to bake them, or you can kneed them a bit with some extra flour and then cut them out. Bake them at 450°F for about 12-14 minutes.
Variations: for shortcake, add 1 tbsp sugar to the mix and then continue as for biscuits. For dumplings, add 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning and then drop by spoonfuls onto the soup or casserole. Bake as usual. The casserole will be heated and the biscuits will absorb the juices.
Cheesy biscuits: (These are like the ones from Red Lobster…yum!) add 1/4 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese (what other flavors could you try?) to the mix. Bake as usual, but be careful not to over-bake these. Melt 2-4 tablespoons of butter in a pan and add 1/4 tsp garlic powder to the melted butter. Brush this over the top of the baked biscuits, and then sprinkle with parsley.