Everyone seems to be baking bread during their sequestering. This must be true because there is no yeast to be found in any of the local markets. Since I had no crusty bread to go with my soup and I have no yeast I decided to make some biscuits. They may not be award winning, and you have no company to impress, so they are good enough a time like this. Of course I hope there never is another time like this but you might want to give them a try. As Larry David might say, they are "pretty, pretty, pretty good." The most challenging part for me was cutting them out.
The first step is to sift the dry ingredients into a bowl. If you don't have a sifter you can use a large whisk and fluff them up.
Sift 2 cups all purpose flour with 2 tbsp baking powder*, 2 tsp of sugar and 1 tsp of salt.
Melt 5 tbsp butter and immediately, when still very hot, pour into 1 cup of milk
Pour milk/butter mixture into dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Put dough on a floured surface and pat into a 1 inch think rectangle. Fold in half and pat again into a 1 inch thick rectangle. Do it again.
Cover with a towel and let rest for 30 minutes.
After 20 minutes turn on your oven to 425
Pat the dough so it is about 6 inches by 10 inches. Or into a shape that you can divide easily into 8 to 10 rectangular pieces.
IF you have a biscuit cutter you can cut them out. Smush (very technical cooking term) the leftover dough together to get another biscuit or two.
I have read that if you don't have a biscuit cutter you can flour a glass rim and use it to cut out the biscuits. The has not worked very well for me because, even with the flour, the lack of a clean cut smushes the side together and inhibits the rising of the biscuit. I have had better luck cutting them into rectangular shapes with a sharp - not serrated - knife.
Bake about 12 to 15 minutes.
Option: If you would like some cheese in your biscuits you can cut some cheddar into very small cubes and mix them into the dry ingredients before adding the milk/butter.
*Baking powder is one of those products that can get old and inactive if left too long on the shelf. It has a use by date on it. If you want to check yours put 1/2 tsp in a bowl and add 1/4 cup boiling water. If it bubbles up vigorously it is fine. If not, try to get a new can.