Orange-Zest Biscuits

From Nellie Connally.
Servings 16


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • zest of 1 orange, grated or finely chopped
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup orange juice


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Sift dry ingredients together. Cut in shortening and then stir in orange zest.
  • Combine milk and orange juice, add to flour mixture, and stir with a fork until dough is fairly free from sides of bowl, no more than half a minute.
  • Pat dough out ¾ inch thick on a lightly floured surface and cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.


Recipe adapted from Cooking at the Governor’s Mansion by Carl R. McQueary, to be published by Texas A&M University Press in the spring of 2003.