Annie mae jones' buttermilk biscuits

Yield: 18 servings

Measure Ingredient
3 cups Flour,all-purpose,sifted
1 teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Baking soda
3 teaspoons Baking powder
⅔ cup Shortening
1 cup Buttermilk
4 tablespoons Butter (opt)

1. Preheat oven to 450'F.

2. Sift flour, salt, soda, and baking powder into mixing bowl. Cut in shortening, using 2 knives, a pastry cutteror your hands dusted with flour. Add sufficient buttermilk to make a soft dough. Knead lightly and turn out onto a lightly floured board. Roll out to ½" thickness and cut with biscuit cutter into rounds. Place rounds not touching - for crisper biscuits - or close together - for softer biscuits - on ungreased baking sheet. Brush with melted butter if desired and bake in preheated oven 12-15 minutes, or until firm and lightly browned.

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