SEATTLE — In Rachel Linden's latest book, The Enlightenment of Bees, a young apprentice baker sets out on a globetrotting adventure with some unlikely companions. Not only is baking important to main character Mia West, but it has also played a large part in Rachel's life as well. She's sharing a recipe for Grandma Sally's Biscuits to explain how baking became a central theme in her book.
Grandma Sally's Biscuits
(makes about one dozen)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 6 tablespoons shortening or butter
- 2/3 cup milk
- Sift together the dry ingredients.
- Add the shortening or butter and mix using your hands until it becomes a crumbly mixture. Rub the dough between your fingers over and over until the butter or shortening is entirely integrated into the flour mixture.
- With a spatula carefully fold in about 2/3 a c. milk until the dough is just moistened. No dry flour mixture should remain. The dough should be all moistened, but not runny or too soft. Do not over mix.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet and bake at 400 F for 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the biscuit. They should be lightly browning on top and not doughy in the middle.
Enjoy with butter, jam or honey!