Baking Powder Biscuits

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After making the Pear Honey jam, I had to make some fresh baking powder biscuits to hold the delicious sweet spread.  This is the recipe I use, and it makes about 15-18 biscuits.  I’ve made these a lot over the past month and I now think it’s just as easy as using Bisquick and produces a much better biscuits.

Here is what you need:

  • 4 c. flour
  • 2 TBSP baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1½ c. whole milk
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter.
  4. Make a well in the center and pour in milk.
  5. Mix until combined.
  6. Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead 10 times.
  7. Roll out dough to ½ inch thickness.
  8. Cut with a 3″ biscuit cutter.
  9. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 14 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

Amazing Comfort Food: Chicken Stew With Biscuits

I was looking for something special to make this week.  For inspiration I visited the Barefoot Contessa page on Food Network to browse recipes by Ina Garten. Among the most popular recipes featured was her “Chicken Stew with Biscuits”.  I had nearly everything needed on hand, just had to get some frozen peas and fresh parsley.

Oh my gosh! This is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. The dish is a little time-consuming to make, but it is well worth the time and effort.

My dish doesn't look as perfect as the photo on Food Network, but hey, this is real life cooking!

To make it, you will roast six chicken breasts, bone-in and skin on.  That takes a good bit of prep time to cook, cool and dice up the chicken. Then you make the stew base of onions, butter, flour, stock, cream. Into that goes the chicken, carrots, peas and pearl onions.  Lastly, you make a baking powder biscuit dough with fresh parsley mixed in.

Enough for a large family (8 large servings).

The recipe makes enough for a large pan 10″x13″, but I don’t have one quite that big, so I ended up with two dishes.  It’s certainly high in flavor (and calories) but wasn’t too salty. The flavor is like a rich chicken pot pie.  It’s such a wonderful cold weather dish. A perfect way to celebrate the beginning of autumn.