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Mark Klever’s Dutch Oven Biscuits

Total Time
1 hr

Mark Klever, the general manager at Belcampo Farms near Mt. Shasta, California, learned to make these biscuits from his grandmother. He renders his own lard from Belcampo’s free-range pigs, and he bakes up a batch for his family nearly every week, just like his family used to do. You’ll need to pack a 2 1/2-in. biscuit cutter; or use a small glass and cut around it with a knife.

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Photo: Thomas J. Story

 4 cups flour
 2 tablespoons baking powder
 2 teaspoons salt
  About 3/4 cup cold lard or unsalted butter
 1 1/2 cups milk or buttermilk
  Butter and honey (optional)
Step 1

Prepare a fire (see How to Cook in a Dutch Oven) and arrange the coals for baking.

Step 2

Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Cut in 3/4 cup of lard with a pastry blender or 2 knives until lard is in pea- to walnut-size pieces. Stir in milk until dough looks shaggy. Transfer to a floured work surface and knead just slightly until it comes together. Pat dough out 3/4 in. thick.

Step 3

Cut biscuits using a 2 1/2-in. round cutter, patting out scraps until all the dough is used.

Step 4

Arrange biscuits in a greased 4- or 6-qt. (10- or 12-in.) camp dutch oven so they're touching but not scrunched. Cover with lid and coals as directed in How to Cook in a Dutch Oven.

Step 5

Cook biscuits until they're browned and puffed, 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 6

Remove pot from fire and uncover. Serve biscuits with butter and honey if you like.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 232Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g19%

Saturated Fat 4.6g23%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 27g9%

Dietary Fiber 0.9g4%
Protein 4.2g9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.