Potato Biscuits

Potato Biscuits:
  • 1 3/4 cups flour (all purpose un-bleached)
  • 1/2 cup potato flakes (non flavored instant mashed potato)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup butter milk or sour milk
  • *melted butter

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl combine flour, potato flakes, salt, sugar and baking powder. Whisk together with a spoon or fork. Using your hands a pastry cutter or two forks crumble the vegetable shortening (or other desired fat: butter, lard etc.) into the dry mixture. You want to avoid using the palms of your hands and use solely your fingers or a utensil. Think “crab claws”, the heat from your palms will assist in melting the fat which = dense biscuit. Combine milk with your egg and whisk to combine.

Once your fat has reduced to about the size of peas use a spoon and gently incorporate the liquid. Lay out on a lightly floured surface. This dough is somewhat moist but you don’t want to over flour. Roll or pat into a circle thats about 11/2″ thick. Using a 2″ biscuit cutter, or handy round object (a glass?) cut dough into rounds and place onto a parchment lined, silicone lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Re-roll the dough if necessary. This will make 6 biscuits. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter…liberally