Lidia Bastianich and her daughter, Tanya Manuali, have come out with their eighth cookbook, “Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian.”
This recipe is a cut-down version of what's served at Poogan's Porch, one of Charleston, S.C.'s oldest restaurants. Don't overmix, or the biscuits will be as light as hockey pucks.
- 5 cups self-rising flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1/4 pound shortening
- 2 cups buttermilk
Combine first 3 ingredients and mix well. Add shortening and mix with hands until shortening is broken up into quarter-sized pieces. Add buttermilk and mix until all is incorporated.
Roll out to 3/4-inch thickness and cut with biscuit cutter. Place on parchment-covered sheet pans 1/2-inch apart. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.
Makes about 3 dozen biscuits.
-- Poogan's Porch