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Nothing fancy-schmancy in these beauties!
4 Cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
2 Teaspoons salt
2 Tablespoons white sugar
1/3 Cup, each, lard and unsalted butter
2 Cups milk
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a larg bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. (If you don't have a sifter, simply use a whisk.)
The main thing is to see the flour become super fine and light.
I realize it's hard to see because of the white bowl, but trust me, it's super fine!
Cut in the butter and lard until the mixture resembles tiny, little pebbles.
Gradually stir in milk until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Don't overstir.
Split the dough into two equal pieces, and turn one out onto a floured surface. Work the dough briefly with your hands. Basically, you are just trying to get rid of any big pieces of lard or butter that might be lingering.
Pat or roll dough out to 1 inch thickness.
Now, here's where the "Granddaddy" part comes in. I want big, ole biscuits. Ones that you can use to make a breakfast sandwich, if that's what you desire. Not itty, bitty, little things, so I use a large drinking glass to cut my biscuits. If you don't want them this big, you can use a regular biscuit cutter. I promise I won't call you chicken.
See how nice these look?
Continue cutting biscuits until you have used all the dough. The scraps can be re-formed once, and rolled back out for an additional biscuit, but only once or it gets too tough.
Repeat with the second batch of dough.
Place the biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet. Remember to bunch them close together. Use a pastry brush to spread a little melted butter across the tops.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, until they are puffed up, golden brown on top and the edges are just beginning to get browned.
Are you ready? These are some seriously awesome biscuits!
Use a fork to split these babies open, and stare in awe at the light, fluffy texture!
Top with your favorite toppings. I still love strawberry preserves, but my all-time favorite is honey butter.
My husband loves his topped with country sausage gravy.
It really doesn't matter what you put on them, I guarantee you will love these biscuits!
*Note: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. To reheat, wrap a dampened paper towel loosely around the biscuit and microwave for 15 - 20 seconds. This keeps them soft.