- 8 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 Tablespoons sugar, optional
- 1 cup vegetable shortening, or processed lard (found in the baking aisle of the grocery store)
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl or the bowl of a food processor.
If using a food processor, pulse to combine dry ingredients, then add shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Otherwise, use a pastry cutter or your fingers to incorporate the shortening into the dry ingredients.
Store tightly covered in a pantry or the refrigerator. Can also be frozen.
What exactly is “coarse meal”? Crumbly, but clumpy. Does that make sense? You’ll have little bits of butter that are the size of peas.