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  • 2 cups (475 ml) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp (4 ml) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml). baking soda
  • 5 tbsp (70 ml). chilled solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup (225 ml) buttermilk
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees (225 C.).
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  • Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the shortening into the flour mixture until coarse crumbs form.
  • Add the buttermilk, tossing with a fork wuntil a dough forms.
  • Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface.
  • Gather into a disk.
  • Knead lightly a few times just until smooth.
  • Pat dough to 3/4 inch thick.
  • Using a biscuit cutter or a glass dipped in flour, cut out biscuits.
  • Place the biscuits, 2 inches apart, on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Gather dough trimmings, pat to 3/4-in. thick, and cut out more biscuits.
  • Bake the biscuits until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

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