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No Kidding! You Can Make Homemade Biscuits Without Baking Powder

Homemade Biscuits Without Baking Powder
Many home cooks believe that without adding baking powder to their biscuit batter, they will turn out flat and dense. However, with the easy biscuit recipes without baking powder provided in this post, you can prepare them for all your meals.
Sheetal Mandora
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2018
In many households, weekends are the perfect time to sit down with the entire family and enjoy a home-cooked meal. But even during these days, there are other chores and errands to take care of that can restrict you from actually cooking the entire meal from start to finish. Instead of preparing food at home, you end up buying certain items, such as cooked meat, dessert, and/or biscuits, from the supermarket. However, instead of purchasing frozen biscuits from the store and reheating them in the oven or microwave, why not use the following recipes?
Self-rising flour biscuits
  • Self-rising flour, 3½ cups
  • Milk, 1 cup
  • Shortening, ½ cup
  • Salt, 1 tsp.
Preheat the oven at 425ºF. You need to sift 3 cups of flour in a bowl big enough to make the dough. Next, add the shortening (or lard) in along with salt and mix well. The flour will now be crumbly to touch. After that, start adding milk to the flour and mix thoroughly. Knead the dough properly in the bowl. Sprinkle ½ cup flour on the workstation to knead dough on it and make a roll. Use a biscuit cutter to cut at least 2'' balls. Evenly spread the biscuit rounds on a baking sheet and place into the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes. Once the biscuits are golden brown from the outside, remove from the oven, brush butter on top, and serve.

Note: If you don't have shortening, you can substitute it with lard.
All-purpose flour biscuits
  • All-purpose flour, 3 cups
  • Buttermilk, 1½ cups
  • Vegetable oil, ¾ cup
  • Sugar, 1½ tsp.
  • Salt, 1½ tsp.
  • Cream of tartar, ½ tsp.
  • Dry yeast, packet, 1
Preheat the oven at 425ºF. In a bowl, mix sift all-purpose flour, dry yeast, sugar, and salt together. Slowly, add the buttermilk along with vegetable oil in with the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. With your hands, combine all the ingredients together to make the dough. Use a big spoon and scoop out 2" of the dough onto the baking sheet. Put the baking sheet inside the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes. When the biscuits turn golden brown from the outside take them out. Place a basket and brush the biscuits with butter from the outside. Serve hot.
The preparation for making biscuits without baking powder is similar to the recipes that have the missing ingredient; the only difference is the addition of the rising agent. Apart from cream of tartar and dry yeast, you can even use a Bisquick mixture to bake the biscuits.
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