buttermilk biscuits

1-3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons hot water

Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Make a well in the center and add buttermilk and water gradually; stir until a loose (not gummy) texture is achieved, adding more flour if necessary. Knead gently on a lightly floured board for about a minute. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thick and cut into rounds. Place 1-inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

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