A very sweet blogger, hi Mountain Mama, commented on my Sausage Gravy post that she wanted to learn how to make a good biscuit. So here is my tried and true recipe that I have been using for years! I got it out of an old The Farmer's Almanac Cook Book.
Sift together 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon sugar, , 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3 teaspoons baking powder. Add 4 tablespoons liquid shortening (oil) and 3/4 cup milk. Mix to a soft dough. Pat down on lightly floured board and roll to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with a small biscuit cutter and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes at 500F (yes that is the correct temperature).
* Do not overmix the dough or you will have tough biscuits. I will sometimes substitute 1 cup of whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the all purpose flour. I do not use a small biscuit cutter but rather pat the dough out into a small rectangle or square and then cut that into smaller squares, like if you were cutting up brownies. I place them about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. I just found this faster to do it this way when I had lots of hungry mouths at home to feed. I also doubled the recipe because my family loves homemade biscuits. :)
I hope this biscuit recipe works well for you. It has never failed me and my family says they are the best biscuits they have ever tasted. :)