My “Blue Ribbon winner” biscuit recipe encounter

I was in downtown Des Moines talking to a lady about cookie cutters- She said she was buying one as a biscuit cutter for her son for their family biscuit recipe.  I thought to myself “If her son is setting out to make biscuits, this has got to be some recipe.” I inquired “is it a secret recipe?”
“You don’t happen to have it memorized do you?”
“I do actually.”
“Would one be able to get it from you?”

So I got the recipe, and she mentioned how it’s won multiple awards, including Iowa State Fair blue ribbon winner.  Now I feel like I’m the winner.

My first attempt. Heavenly.
My first attempt. Heavenly. Butterly, light. Soft.

Biscuit Recipe: Iowa State Fair blue ribbon winner

2 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
2 Tb. sugar
1 t. salt
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1 stick butter
2/3 cup milk
1 egg

1. mix dry ingredients
2. Cut in butter until pea-sized. Break egg into milk and mix well. Add to dry ingredients. Stir just until barely mixed.
3. Knead 5-10 times on floured board. Roll/pat to .5 to .75 inches.
4. Cut into rounds
bake at 410 degrees for 8-10 minutes. invite me over to dine. The less the dough is handled the lighter your biscuits will be!

(my note: I sifted the flour, but I’m not sure if she meant for you to, so I added maybe 1/4 cup more flour to get the right texture. The trick to biscuit making is also to have flour on your hands and surfaces since everything is so sticky!)


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