Cowboy Sourdough Biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup sourdough starter

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and soda. Cut in shorten until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add starter. Stir until dough clings together. Knead on a lightly floured surface 10 to 12 times. Roll out or pat to 3/4 inch thickness. Cut into 2-1/2 inch rounds. Place in an ungreased baking pan. Let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 450F for 12 to 15 minutes.

Makes 10 biscuits.

Sourdough Starter:
1 pkg active dry yeast
4 cups warm water
2 tbs sugar
4 cups oil purpose flour
1 med potato, peeled and grated

Dissolve yeast in water in a large bowl. Add sugar and flour, mix well, add potato. Cover bowl with cheesecloth, let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 days until mixture has a fermented aroma. Stir 2 or 3 times daily.

To store, transfer starter to a jar. Cover with cheese cloth, refrigerate. Do not cover jar lightly with metal lid.

To use, bring desired amount of starter to room temperature. Replenish starter after each use by stirring 3/4 cup flour, 3/4 cup water and 1 tsp sugar or honey into remaining starter. Cover, let stand at room temperature at least 1 day or until bubbly. Refrigerate for later use. If starter isn't used within 10 days, stir in 1 tsp sugar or honey.

Repeat every 10 days unless replenished.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana