Baking Powder Biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening or cooking oil
¾ to â…ž cup milkSift flour, measure, and resift 3 times with baking powder and salt, the last time into a 3-qt mixing bowl. Add shortening and cut in with pastry blend or 2 knives until particles are size of rice grains. Add milk all at once and stir vigorously until dough just stiffens up. The larger amount of milk will probably be required in cold weather; dough should be rather soft. Turn out onto floured board or pastry cloth, knead from 12-15 times; then roll or pat out to 3/8 to 3/4-inch thick (according to whether you want thin crusty biscuits or fat soft ones). Cut out with biscuit cutter dipped in flour, lift onto greased baking pan. Brush tops with melted butter. Bake in hot oven (450 degrees F.)10-15 minutes, depending on thickness, or until they are golden brown. Serve immediately. 12 to 15 medium-sized biscuits.

Note: To save trouble in cleaning up after biscuits, try turning dough out onto a piece of waxed paper sprinkled with flour. Knead and pat the dough out on this paper, and after the biscuits are cut out, the paper may be thrown away.

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