Yield: Makes About 15 Biscuits
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar, optional
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons fresh snipped chives
- 6 thick bacon slices, cooked until almost crisp and finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon bacon drippings
- 1 1/4 cups milk
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Stir with a whisk to blend well.
Work the butter in with fingers or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in the chives and chopped bacon. Add the bacon drippings and milk, stirring just until moistened.
Transfer the mixture to a floured surface and knead just a few times until you have a cohesive ball of soft dough.
Using your hands, pat into a circle about 1/2 to 3/4-inch thickness. Handle the dough as little as possible.
Cut the biscuits out with biscuit cutters and arrange on the prepared baking sheet(s), leaving about an inch between biscuits. Gather any dough scraps together, pat into a circle, and cut out more biscuits. Repeat with any remaining dough.
Makes 15 biscuits, or more if smaller.
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