Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is one of a number of historical recipes I am posting from my cookbook collection. This recipe is adapted from the Rumford Complete Cookbook. At the time this recipe was first published, ovens did not have heat regulators, so recipes specified only "hot," "moderate" or "slow/cool" temperatures. This recipe is also unusual in that it calls for a small egg. Rumford Baking Powder is still being made, by the same company that makes Clabber Girl.


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (hot oven).
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
  3. Cut in the shortening.
  4. Mix in egg and milk to make a light dough.
  5. Roll out on a lightly floured board and cut into biscuit shapes.
  6. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake until browned on top, about 15 minutes.
Most Helpful

thank you so much for the wonderful recipe. it's so easy with simple ingredients, i replaced the egg with "flaxseed egg" and it came out perfect! winning recipe!

holamilly October 03, 2015

I enjoy biscuits so much and have never found a recipe more delicious than this one! The only thing I changed was buttermilk in place of regular milk. Think you for the great recipe!

Health it April 14, 2013