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skillet biscuits

2 c unbleached all purpose flour or pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
enough fat left over from frying a chicken
to come halfway up the sides of a skillet
1 c buttermilk

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl. 
Add the butter and cut it in with a pastry blender or two knives 
until the flour resembles coarse meal. 

Reheat the fat over medium high heat. 
Make a well in the center of the flour 
and pour in the butter milk. Quickly sift it in 
until a smooth dough is formed, working it as 
little as possible. Lightly flour the dough and 
gather it into a ball. 

Lightly flour a work surface and put the dough on it. 
Gently pat it out into a flat cake about 1/2 inch thick. 
Fold it over, give it a quarter turn, and pat it out again. 
Lightly flour it again if it begins to stick. Repeat 
twice more and pat out the dough to 1/2 inch thick. 

Quickly cut the dough with a knife into squares or 
with a cookie or biscuit center into rounds. When the 
fat is hot-around 325f add the biscuits one at a time until 
the pan is full but not crowded. Fry, turning only once, until 
the biscuits are risen and uniform golden brown 3 to 5 minutes. 

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