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Old 02-16-2006, 04:01 PM   #1
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Question Lard vs Crisco for biscuits

I have a recipe for biscuits.. but I have no lard.. can I subsitute crisco shortening instead? anybody know?

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tb baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tb lard
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
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Sift the dry ingredients in a large bowl and cut in the lard with a pastry cutter or with two knives until a coarse meal texture is obtained. Add buttermilk and knead lightly but thoroughly. The dough should be soft but not sticky: if it is, add a little more flour. Knead for 1 minute, wrap in foil or wax paper and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Roll out the dough 1/2 inch thick on a lightly floured surface and cut with a biscuit cutter. (If you don't have one, a drinking glass of the desired diameter will work okay.) Transfer biscuits to a dark baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes

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Old 02-16-2006, 04:04 PM   #2
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yes you can I use nothing but crisco to make biscuits it will turn out just fine with out the lard :)
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Old 02-16-2006, 04:07 PM   #3
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thank you :)
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you bet happy to help :)
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Old 02-16-2006, 07:28 PM   #5
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Have you ever tried butter flavored Crisco? It's very good.
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Old 02-16-2006, 08:00 PM   #6
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IMHO you can substitute anything for the lard - shortening, butter, marg etc.

All you have to do is remember that what ever you use will vary the flavour. Make up half a batch with the different "oils" as an exercise and taste the differences.

Over here, the recipe you have listed is pretty much a basic "Scone" mixture and we use butter and milk. Sometimes even back off the milk and add an egg.

Happy baking....


BTW. I get in real trouble off DW if I 'cut' the butter in, she maintains it is stirring and quotes the old saying - "Stir with a knife, stir up strife". I generally mix it in with my gloved fingers.....
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I have quite a few recipes that call for lard and I've always replaced with Crisco. I have not tried the butter flavored, that might be good for biscuits. :-)
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I use the butter flavor for a variety of stuff,it is good ...
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Old 02-25-2006, 06:28 PM   #9
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I made that recipe and didn't really like it.. the biscuits tasted just .... well... " plain " boring won't use that recipe again. The plain old Bisquick recipe is better :)
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Old 02-25-2006, 08:15 PM   #10
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Hey Debbie, mess with that recipe a bit and it will be just fine. Add a tbsp of sugar, and maybe try butter instead of shortening. I like to toss a few chile flakes in mine if I am making them to go with fried chicken, but leave them plain to go with stew.
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