posted tonight by Bazu at the Postpunk forum (thank you, thank you!)
James McNair's Buttermilk biscuits:
1/2 c. solid veg. shortening (I used earth balance stick)
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt (I eliminated, since EB is salted)
3/4 c. buttermilk (I used 1 tsp. vinegar and soymilk to make 3/4 c.)
position rack in middle, preheat oven to 400
spray baking sheet with oil or line with parchment, set aside
in a bowl or food processor, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt. cut in the shortening with your fingertips or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. (I used a fork) Add buttermilk and stir just until the mixture sticks together.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly and quickly, about 30 seconds. using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out about 1/2 inch thick. using a floured 2 1/2 inch round biscuit cutter, cut out circles. Place onto the prepped baking sheet.
Bake until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Serve piping hot.
I got about 10 biscuits out of this, plus a bunch of loose ends that I'm saving in the freezer to use as dumplings. MMMMmmmmmmmm. I love me some biscuits.