Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Baking Powder Biscuits

I hope everyone had a joyous and merry Christmas! 

It's always kind of depressing for me when Christmas is over...all that anticipation and planning and fun family time, and then it's gone in a day!  This year especially seemed like it didn't last long enough.  I'm thinking a lot of that has to do with being so busy the week before Christmas (catered a Wedding...it was so beautiful!).  I didn't even have time to wrap presents until Christmas Eve, so our tree was bare of presents the entire month!  Which I guess could have been a good thing...the kids weren't able to poke and shake and figure everything out, but it also diminished the anticipation of "I wonder what this could be!" from the kiddo's. 

 But we had a fabulous Christmas.  The kid's were able to open their stockings and a couple of gifts on Christmas morning before we had to get ready for church.  The gifts they opened were new Sunday clothes.  It was so nice.  We didn't have to scramble around all morning looking for lost shoes, ties, socks, etc. and everyone looked so nice! (I'll include a picture at the end of this post)

So when my kid's and hubby are home I like to make some good breakfasts (instead of just cereal or oatmeal that they make themselves on school mornings!)  These biscuits are my Mom's recipe that have been around FOREVER!  And in my opinion they are the best biscuits.  Light and fluffy and perfect!  We had these with sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, and hash browns.  What a breakfast!

Baking Powder Biscuits
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2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.  Add the shortening and cut into the mixture well using a pastry blender (or food processor...got one for Christmas...YEAH, thanks honey!).  Add the milk and blend until just moistened.  You do not want to over do it here or your biscuits or they will not be light and fluffy.  Knead dough on a floured surface for 30 seconds.  Roll out 3/4" thick and cut into circles. 

Bake at 400 degrees on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

NOTE: I always double the recipe for my family.  We love to have leftovers with butter and jam!  This recipe makes about 12 biscuits depending on what size circles you make.

And as promised...here's our family picture taken after church in front of our Christmas tree.
(Tony's off work so thinks he needs to not shave for 2 weeks...sorry!  And who knows what's going on with Eli's expression!:))
 
 
Oh, and Kyla was disappointed that no one could see her cute new shoes in this picture!  They are dark red ballet flats with cute little red pom-poms on them....just for her benefit!:)
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