BREAD -BISCUIT 8, ROLLS, MUFFINS, ETC. 251
newspaper, so as to exclude the air, as that has a tendency to cause the crust to be hard and thick when baked. The best place in summer is to place them in the ice-box, then all you have to do in the morning (an hour before breakfast time, and while the oven is heating) is to bring them from the ice-box, take off the cloth and warm it, and place it over them again ; then set the tins in a warm place near the fire. This will give them time to rise and bake when needed. If these directions are followed rightly, you will find it makes no difference with their lightness and goodness, and you can always be sure of warm raised biscuits for breakfast in one hour's time.
Stale rolls may be made light and flakey by dipping for a moment in cold water, and placing immediately in a very hot oven to be made
crisp and hot.
ONE quart of sifted flour, one teaspoonful of soda, two teaspoonfuls of cream of tartar, one teaspoonful of salt ; mix thoroughly, and rub in two tablespoonfuls of butter and wet with one pint of sweet milk. Bake in a quick oven.
BAKING POWDER BISCUIT.
Two PINTS of flour, butter the size of an egg, three heaping tea- spoonfuls of baking powder and one teaspoonful of salt ; make a soft dough of sweet milk or water, knead as little as possible, cut out with the usual biscuit-cutter and bake in rather a quick oven.
SOUR MILK BISCUIT.
RUB into a quart of sifted flour a piece of butter the size of an egg, one teaspoonful of salt ; stir into this a pint of sour milk, dissolve one teaspoonful of soda and stir into the milk just as you add it to the flour ; knead it up quickly, roll it out nearly half an inch thick and cut out with a biscuit-cutter ; bake immediately in a quick oven.
Very nice biscuit may be made with sour cream without the butter
by the same process.
SIFT two quarts of flour in a mixing-pan, make a hole in the mid- dle of the flour, pour into this one pint of warm water or new milk, one teaspoonful of salt, half a cup of melted lard or butter, stir in a little flour, then add half a cupful of yeast, after which stir in as much flour