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Angel Biscuits

Angel BiscuitsThese delightful buttermilk biscuits are so good, they’re like a little taste of heaven! There’s nothing better for breakfast than one of these fresh hot biscuits smothered in butter and your favorite jelly or jam.

5 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm (not hot) water
2 cups buttermilk

1. Sift together the first 5 ingredients; blend shortening into dry ingredients using a pastry blender.

2. In a small bowl, combine the yeast and warm water; add to the flour mixture. Stir in the buttermilk; blend thoroughly.

3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface; roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut out and place on an ungreased baking sheet with sides touching.

4. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 12 to 15 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen biscuits.



White Bread

White BreadI have made bread using this recipe for many years and have always had great success with it. It takes a bit of time to prepare but I think it is well worth it!

2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
2 cups milk diluted with 2 cups water
4 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons melted shortening
2 cups all-purpose flour
10 cups all-purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water; set aside. In a large saucepan, scald* the milk/water mixture. Add the sugar, salt and melted shortening; cool to lukewarm. Add 2 cups all-purpose flour and mix well; add the yeast mixture.

Add the remaining all-purpose flour, 1 cup at a time mixing well after each addition. Knead dough until smooth. Place in a large, well-greased bowl; grease top of dough and let stand, covered with a clean cloth, in a warm place** to rise for 1-1/2 hours. Remove from bowl to a lightly floured surface; knead 8 strokes; divide into 4 equal parts and let rest, covered with a clean cloth, for 10 minutes. Shape and put into well-greased loaf pans and let rise for 1 hour more.

Bake at 400 degrees F. for 20 to 30 minutes or until risen and golden brown. Grease or butter the tops, leave in the pans and wrap the pans and bread in a clean cloth until cooled. This will give the bread a soft crust. Remove from the pans and cool completely. Makes 4 loaves.

* To scald milk/water mixture, heat in a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat, just until small bubbles form on the surface; immediately remove from the heat. Do not allow the mixture to boil.

** To create a warm place for the dough to rise, I heat my oven to 200 degrees F for about 5 to 10 minutes, then turn off the oven and place the covered dough inside.