Mary Rogers's Sourdough Biscuits

"This is one of the Zaar recipes that I adopted. I hope to prepare this one soon and will post any modifications that I make to the recipe."
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  • At bedtime make a batter of the half cup of starter, cup of milk, and 1 cup of the flour.
  • Let set overnight if the biscuits are wanted for breakfast.
  • If wanted for noon, the batter maybe mixed in the morning and set in a warm place to rise.
  • However, unless the weather is real warm, it is always all right to let it ferment overnight.
  • It will get very light and bubbly.
  • When ready to mix the biscuits, sift together the remaining cup and a half of flour and all other dry ingredients except the baking soda.
  • Work in the lard or shortening with your fingers or a fork.
  • Add baking soda dissolved in a little warm water to the sponge and then add the flour mixture.
  • Mix into a soft dough.
  • Knead lightly a few times to get in shape.
  • Roll out to about 1/2 inch thickness or a little thicker,and cut with a biscuit cutter.
  • Place close together in a 9 x 13-inch pan, turning to grease tops.
  • Cover and set in a warm place to rise for about 45 minutes.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Leftovers are good split and toasted in a sandwich toaster.

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  1. Wonderful, towering, light and fluffy biscuits, we served with pepper gravy and cheese fritata's, this is now my favorite SD biscuit recipe. Just be sure to plan ahead to start the night before.
  2. Excellent! I subbed organic whole spelt for half the flour. Turned out great. Thanks for this recipe, will definitely make again!
  3. When i was growing up, my mother made overnight biscuits that were shaped the night before. When i would get up in the morning the sourdough aroma was so inviting! Alas, that recipe is lost. Thank you for giving us a recipe that is close to the same. I substituted butter for the shortening. (Isnt everything better with butter?) That made them stickier, but a little extra flour took care of that. I can't eat gluten anymore, but these smelled delicious! Everyone else enjoyed them.
  4. I made these for Christmas breakfast and the family was impressed! Very good I did not alter the recipe except used Amish friendship starter worked fine going to make the same way to go with Boston clam chowder again tomorrow.
  5. Delicious rolls! Cut in squares- really easy to make.


  1. We really enjoyed these biscuits. I did make one change and that was to use 1/3 cup vegetable oil for the biscuits instead of lard or shortening. It therefore, made a stickier dough, so instead of kneading and rolling out, we had drop biscuits. They rose and baked up beautifully.



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