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Dad's Biscuits


A camping recipe from J.T. Premixed, it doesn't require refrigeration and can be carried in a backpack. I have used this recipe at home and in camp for about 40 years now and it always pays off with compliments and requests for more.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk or canned milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar


Mix dry ingredients together and cut in shortening with a pastry cutter or fork until about the same consistency as large curd cottage cheese. Add most of the milk and mix with a fork until it comes together and forms a dough. If too dry or wet, add more milk or flour until you can work it easily (it's not sticky). Knead no more than about a dozen times on a floured surface and then pat or roll to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into approximately 2" circles with a cutter, jar or glass and place in an un-greased pan with edges touching. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until just turning brown at the edges and top. Use for camping by premixing all the ingredients except for the milk, adding the appropriate amount of powdered milk (about 4 tablespoons), and storing it in a plastic bag. Add 2/3 cup water in camp and bake in a Dutch oven or a cast iron skillet with a lid you can place coals on.

Servings: 12 biscuits

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