Baking Powder Biscuits
makes 9 or 10 large biscuits
¾ to 1 cup real butter in the stick
3½ - 4 cups flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons salt
1½ cups cream, half&half or milk
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees now, before making the biscuits, don't put them in until it's at temperature.
Put all the dry ingredients in the bowl of your KitchenAid stand mixer, mix well with the standard paddle. Remove the paddle and put the whip on. Cut butter (right out of the fridge) using a sharp knife lengthwise in half and then again to make lengthwise quarters, cut across these to make 1/2" x 1/2" cubes, separate and throw them in the bowl. Turn the mixer on as high as you can without it spewing stuff everywhere, (you may want to use the plastic bowl cover pieces for this, i just put my forearms over the bowl) when it appears that the whip isn't going to do anything more than it has, turn off the mixer, pour all the milk in and whip the crap out of that stuff, using as high a speed as you can stand. You will have to stop the mixer periodically and scrape the dough that is caught inside the whip back out with a spatula, do this 3 or 4 times. When thoroughly whipped, the dough will be still sticky and hard to handle, don't add flour!
Roll dough out to about 3/4" thick. Try not to use any more extra flour than is necessary, we want sticky, moist dough here. So moist and sticky that some of the biscuits will keel over a bit while baking. Cut out biscuits using something 2 1/2" or 3" around and place biscuits on cookie sheet, believe me, they won't stick to the sheet when baked, thasalotabutta!
bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes. keep watch so as not to overbrown, you should be able to see the big pieces of butter melting and bubbling and running down the sides initially and then they will really puff up and brown nicely, top and bottom.