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California designer Shiree Hanson Segerstrom's weekly tips for decorating, gardening, and stylish living

RERUN "My Favorite Biscuit Recipe from the Palo Alto Junior League Cookbook"

This is a rerun of a post I wrote in winter of 2012. Enjoy...

    "This weekend it was snowing at my Sonora place.  David and I holed up for the weekend, going out only for a few essentials and a coffee break.  I made my favorite lasagna recipe in honor of my son Christian who just landed a job selling tickets to the San Francisco Symphony.  It's his favorite dish.

I also made a batch of home made biscuits and I have a favorite recipe I've been using since the early 80's when Christian was born.  It's called Sour Cream Biscuits and it comes from the Palo Alto Junior League Private Collection 2.  I think it's one of the best biscuit recipes I've ever used.

Sour Cream Biscuits

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2 C. unbleached flour
4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 t. sugar
1/2 C vegetable shortening
1/3 C. sour cream
1/3 C. milk

Stir together dry ingredients into a food processor with a steel blade.  Process a minute or so till blended.  Add shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Transfer ingredients to a large mixing bowl.  Add sour cream and milk all at once.  Stir with a fork only until dough follows it around bowl.

Turn dough out onto a floured board.  Lightly knead for only a few seconds.  The secret is to handle the dough as gently as possibly!

Pat or roll dough out to a 1/2 inch thickness.  Cut with a biscuit cutter and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.   Bake 10 minutes, till lightly golden on top.  Allow to cool slightly before eating so they won't be doughy.  Enjoy with a little sweet butter or your favorite jam, but I love my with just butter.   

Note: You may use the dough to make one big shortcake by increasing the sugar to 1 1/2 T.  Absolutely fabulous with strawberries and lightly sweetened cream.  


  1. Man, I love biscuits. I would make a biscuit sandwich!

  2. Steve, the only thing better than biscuits is biscuits and sweet tea! Shiree'

  3. oh my gosh........shiree this looks positively decadent.....i'll be all over it!

  4. Thank you for dropping by Cris! Shiree'

  5. Thank ou for the recipe! I will try these Saturday morning.
    Happy Thursday.

  6. Thank you for stopping by Teresa! I hope you enjoy the biscuits as much as my family and I. My son's birthday is in July and I often do this recipe as a classic strawberry shortcake. You can add blueberries and make it a red, white, and blue shortcake too. You just add a bit of sugar to the dough and of course strawberries and whipped cream. Delish. Shiree'



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