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Basic Yeast Biscuit Recipe

I’m always trying to improve on good things, specifically recipes but here’s a recipe that needs no adjustments. This is in many old cookbooks yet does not seem to be a commonly used biscuit recipe as most biscuits that I have tried are dry. I love how moist and delightful these biscuits are.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix together and set aside:

  • 1 package yeast
    1/2 cup lukewarm water

Place in bowl and cut in shortening:

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    2 tablespoons sugar
    3/4 cup Crisco

You can use a fork or pastry cutter. Yeah, like that.

Stir in 2 cups buttermilk and yeast mixture.

Place a little flour on counter.

Roll out about an 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick, depending on how thick you’d like the biscuits to be.

Dust off excess flour and place on baking sheet. Bake about 12 minutes.

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Enjoy with butter & strawberry jam or honey butter or gravy or any way you like. These are moist in the middle and keep very well. Biscuits have never been so delicious.


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One Response

  1. Ramona K

    I had a copy of your recipe for the biscuits from “Your Family Recipes Rock” and the ingredients are different. In that recipe you used half butter and half Margarine instead of Crisco. Can you tell me why you changed the recipe?

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