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Jane’s Very Good Baking Powder Biscuits

This classic baking powder biscuit recipe is tried and true. It comes together quickly so you can enjoy warm, flaky biscuits for breakfast, brunch or with jam and a cup of tea in about 30 minutes. Or you can stuff them with a savory filling for a satisfying supper or a grab-n-go lunch. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Biscuits, Breads, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 122kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening or butter
  • 3/4 cup milk


  • Heat oven to 425˚F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Work butter or shortening into the flour mixture with your hands, a fork or pastry cutter until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the milk, mixing quickly and gently until the dough comes together.
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Pat the dough into a rectangle and roll out to 3/4-inch thick.
  • Cut with a biscuit cutter or cut into squares.
  • Place the biscuits bottom side up on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Serve warm with butter.


Serving: 1biscuit | Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 4.4g | Saturated Fat: 2.7g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 0.8g | Calcium: 2390mg | Iron: 0.2mg