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Edna’s Biscuits

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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 generous tablespoon single-acting baking powder (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup lard, cut in pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter for brushing tops


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Measure flour and sift with the baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the lard pieces and work gently into the flour with your fingertips or a pastry cutter, until all is mixed together and the texture is fine and crumbly.
  3. Stir in the buttermilk with a spoon until well-mixed. (Do not overbeat or you’ll toughen the dough.) On a lightly floured board, turn out the dough and knead gently with your hands for about 2 minutes. Roll out with a rolling pin to about ½-inch thickness.
  4. Using a 2-inch cutter, cut out the biscuits. Do not twist as you bring the cutter through the dough. Place about ½ inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Poke through each biscuit several times with the tines of a fork. Brush the tops of the biscuits with the melted butter.
  5. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, until risen and golden. Serve immediately with butter or preserves.
  6. Note: To make single-acting baking powder, mix ¼ cup cream of tartar, 2 tablespoons baking soda and 3 tablespoons cornstarch in a small bowl. Stored in a glass jar with a lid, it will keep a month or more. Makes about ½ cup.
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  • Calories: 649.55 kcal
  • Sugar: 3.19 g
  • Sodium: 548.66 mg
  • Fat: 32.84 g
  • Saturated Fat: 14.17 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.23 g
  • Carbohydrates: 75.31 g
  • Fiber: 2.54 g
  • Protein: 11.78 g
  • Cholesterol: 42.06 mg