One of things that my mother could do so effortlessly, yet it took me years to finally make a good one. Homemade biscuits taste so much better than anything from a can or a freezer bag...this recipe works every time.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons white sugar
1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
3/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse oatmeal. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture and pour in the milk. Stir until dough begins to pull together then turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
Press dough together and then roll out until 3/4 inch thick. Cut into 2 inch round biscuits and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until golden.