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Old-Fashioned Biscuits

Old-Fashioned Biscuits
Soft winter-wheat flour produces exceptionally light baked goods, especially biscuits and cakes. Sometimes this type of flour is self-rising. If so, adjust the recipe according to the package instructions.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups soft winter-wheat flour, such as
      White Lily flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter,
      cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 500°F.

Over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and sift again. Put the flour mixture in a large bowl and add the butter. Using a pastry blender or your fingertips, mix the flour and butter together until the mixture resembles small, coarse crumbs. Add the half-and-half and, using a fork, stir to form large, moist clumps.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. With floured hands, press the dough together to form a large ball. Roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thickness, dusting with more flour as needed. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the dough and transfer the rounds to an ungreased baking sheet; gather the scraps and repeat.

Bake, rotating the pan once halfway through baking, until the biscuits are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
Makes 12 biscuits.
Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.