I couldn't post my tomato gravy recipe without my homemade biscuit recipe to go with it. I learned to make homemade bisquits from my mother who made them like it was nothing...and now I'm doing it too. My kids have always loved my biscuits and my husband always knows when they are coming to visit because I make biscuits!! I have to make them for him too from time to time because he gets a little jealous and will say I guess we need to have the kids over so you'll make biscuits!!
Mix flour, shortening, and add 1/2 cup of milk to the mixture in a large bowl. I say add 1/2 cup of milk because I never measure my ingredients for this recipe. Make sure it is not dry but a little wiggly. If it is dry you will have dry bisquits.
Lay a piece of wax paper on the counter and place some flour on it so that you can cover your dough with flour. You should be able to feel the light, soft texture of the dough after you cover it in flour. Pat out or roll and then cut in to circles or you can pinch off and make bisquits that way. I don't like flat bisquits so my dough before cutting or pinching is about 1 inch high. Place your bisquits on a greased baking sheet and bake 350 degrees until brown on top.
I'm so used to making these bisquits that you may have to adjust some of the measurements because I just know that my mother always told me that the dough once mixed up did not need to be stiff. So I know once I transfer it to a floured wax paper and cover it with more flour the feel that I'm so used to having. She would always make an extra small pan and let them set out all night and call them sour dough bisquits to bake the next morning. My father loved those but I never make enough to do that.