Shirley's \"touch-of-grace\" biscuits

Yield: 12 servings

Measure Ingredient
\N \N Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups Self-rising flour; see * Note
¼ cup Granulated sugar
½ teaspoon Salt
¼ cup Shortening
⅔ cup Whipping cream
1 cup Buttermilk
1 cup All-purpose flour; (for shaping)
2 tablespoons Butter; melted

* Note: A low-protein Southern flour like White Lily if possible, but any self-rising will work.

Arrange oven rack slightly below center of oven. Coat 1 (8-inch-round) cake pan with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In large mixing bowl, stir together self-rising flour, sugar and salt. Work shortening in with fingers until no large lumps remain. Gently stir in cream. Stir in buttermilk until dough resembles cottage cheese. (It should be a wet mess.

If you are not using low-protein Southern flour, this may require more than 1 cup buttermilk.) Spread all-purpose flour (not self-rising) in a plate or pie pan. With about 2-inch ice cream scoop or spoon, place 3 scoops dough well apart in flour. Sprinkle flour over each. Flour your hands. Turn 1 dough ball in flour to coat, pick it up, gently shape it into a round, shaking off excess flour as you work. Place in prepared pan. Continue to scoop, shape and coat each dough ball with flour. Place ball right against its neighbors until all dough is used. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned. Brush with melted butter. Invert onto a plate, then back onto another. With knife or spatula, cut quickly between biscuits to make them easy to separate. Serve immediately, and butter them while they're hot. Yields About 12 biscuits.

Recipe Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10-19-1998 From Shirley O.


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