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With this dough, you can bake the biscuits right away or let them rise for a more yeast like texture. Even better, you can make the dough ahead and freeze. Just thaw, rise and bake.

1 pkg. of active dry yeast
1/4 c. warm water
5 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 c. Crisco shortening
1 3/4 c. buttermilk

In a cup soften yeast in warm water, set aside. In large mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and soda. Then with pastry cutter cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, mix well. Add yeast and buttermilk, stir until well combined. On a floured surface knead 2 minutes or until smooth, roll out and cut with biscuit cutter. Put in Pam sprayed pans. Yield: 28 biscuits. Bake at 375 degrees until brown.
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