Old Fashioned Biscuits

2 cups all-Purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup cheese, grated (if cheese biscuits are desired)
1/2 cup Crisco shortening/margarine
3/4 cup buttermilk

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar in mixing bowl. Add grated cheese. Mix margarine or shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. With a fork, stir in buttermilk to make soft dough. Turn out onto lightly floured board and knead about 10 times to form a smooth ball. Do not over knead or biscuits will not be as tender. Roll out to a 6 x 6 inch square. Place on greased baking sheet, cut dough into 12 portions. Do not separate, leave biscuits in a square. Bake at 400F until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

These biscuits are best served with chicken, honey, jams or preserves.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana