Prep Time: 20 min.

Cook Time: 12 min.

Yield: 10 - 12 biscuits


3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

4 ½ teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoon cream of tartar

2 ½ tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon salt

¾ cup butter flavored Crisco

1 beaten egg

1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup whole milk & 1 ¼ tablespoon of white distilled vinegar, mix with a fork, let stand for 10 min before using)

Melted salted butter, for brushing


Preheat oven to 450°F.

Sift dry ingredients together. Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles coarse meal or crumbs.

Whisk together milk & egg in a small bowl.

Make a hollow in the flour-shortening mixture and stir in enough of the milk & egg mixture to make soft dough that leaves the sides of the bowl and sticks to the mixing fork. Mix dough just until incorporated. Do not mix it any more than necessary. The dough will be sticky.

Turn onto a heavily floured surface. Knead by gently folding the dough over onto itself 6 to 8 times. Gentle kneading is an important step, to produce good volume, fine flaky texture and good shape and crust.  Over kneading with a heavy hand will give your biscuits a tough texture.

Sprinkle dough lightly with flour before pressing (or rolling) out into a circle that is 1 inch thick.

Cut out the biscuits using a 2 or 3-inch cutter (or a special glass).

Be sure to push straight down through the dough. Do not twist the cutter until the dough has been cut all the way through. Twisting the cutter will cause the biscuits not to rise straight up. Re-form scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting out biscuits until all of the dough has been used. Place on an ungreased baking sheet lined with parchment paper so that they just barely touch.

Using your index and middle finger, make a slight indentation into the center of each biscuit.

Bake in very hot oven (450°) for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter and serve at once.



Never Fail Biscuits

These biscuits are a never fail recipe, they're so easy to make and everyone loves them. Mainer’s have been making this same recipe for home made biscuits for more than 200 years. In most cases they couldn’t begin to tell you where the recipe came from. They just know its GOOD!