livestrong (still life with biscuit and yellow peach jam)
One of several shots for Barbara Harris's Livestrong with a taste of yellow 2010 event. In honor of the many friends and family (nameless, but always in my heart) that I know who have and are fighting cancer.
2 C flour
4 t baking powder
1/4 t baking powder
3/4 t salt
2 T butter
2 T shortening
1 C buttermilk or 1 C milk with a splash of lemon juice or vinegar
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. If you are using the milk and vinegar, combine them and let stand while you do the next steps. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using your fingers, rub the butter and shortening into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like crumbs--it's okay if there are some larger crumbs. Pour in the buttermilk. Stir just until the dough comes together. Turn onto a floured surface, dust the top with flour and gently fold the dough over itself about 5 to 6 times. Pat and press the dough to about 3/4 inch thick. Cut with a floured cutter. Place biscuits on a baking sheet so they just touch (or about 1 inch apart if you want the crispy edges like these hearts). Reform the scraps and cut more biscuits. Bake until light brown on top (I baked mine a bit too long as I was trying to wash the dishes at the same time and didn't check until the timer went off), about 12 to 15 minutes.