My Mama's Biscuits

- 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour plus extra for dusting the board.
- 1 tablespoon fresh baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt (use kosher if you have it)
6 tablespoons of shortening or(Crisco)
- 3/4 cup milk
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl.
3. Using a pastry cutter or fork, gently cut in the shortening until the mixture looks like "meal" (a very course powder). You can also use a food processor to cut in the shortening. Just pulse 3 or 4 times.
4. Add the milk a little at a time, stirring GENTLY until a dough starts to form. You may need more or less than the 3/4 cup milk.
5. When you get a "sticky" dough ball, turn out on a floured surface and form a flat mass with your hands. Fold the dough over on itself and flatten again with you hands, repeat a second time. DO NOT KNEAD!
6. Gently pat and shape the dough to a 1 to 2 inch thickness (DO NOT USE A ROLLING PIN). The thicker the dough the bigger the biscuits will Cut out the biscuits with a biscuit cutter
7. Place the biscuits on a cookie ungreased Use your thumb to make a small indentation on the top center of each biscuit.
8. Place biscuits into the preheated oven. Bake until tops are a golden brown (about 15-20 minutes).
Note: Closely watch the bottom of the biscuits by lifting one biscuit and observing. Some cookie sheet materials tend to burn the bottoms quickly. If bottoms are getting too brown turn biscuits over (GENTLY) and movecookie sheet to upper rack of oven.