This is my basic biscuit recipe. I found it years ago in a cookbook and fixed it. Simple to make, fast to bake and very easy to turn into cheesy-garlic biscuits.
2 C Flour
4 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/4 C lard*
3/4 C whole milk**
Sift together dry ingredients. Cut in lard with a pastry knife until it's crumbly then fold in the milk. Use your hands to finish combining the dough but don't go overboard. Pull off chunks and place on a baking pan. Into the oven @ 450º F for 10 minutes (or golden brown).
Best served with hot bacon and fresh coffee.
* If you use Crisco or butter, you will be disappointed. Try local grocery chains or mom & pop type stores, if they don't have lard, odds are they can tell you who does. It seems to last forever in the fridge, so no worries about having it go to waste.
** Yes, whole milk. I was raised on 2% but started buying whole milk in college because it lasted longer. Now I'm hooked & can't go back. Some of the recipes just don't turn out the same with 2% or (God forbid) skim. Though I have been known - in an emergency - to used dried milk mixed with half & half (roughly 7 parts re-hydrated milk to 1 part half & half)