Bacon And Thyme Biscuits

Course : Biscuits
Serves: 8
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4 slices bacon -- chopped
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening -- cut in pieces
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoons melted butter

Preparation / Directions:

Preheat oven to 400ø Cook bacon in heavy large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Using slotted spoon trabsfer bacon to paper towels and drain. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon drippings. Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, dried thyme, salt and baking soda in large bowl. Add chilled shortening and cut in until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add butter- milk, reserved bacon drippings and chopped bacon'; stir until mixture is just combined. Gather dough together. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead several turns until smooth. Pat out dough to 8-inch round. Cut round into 8 wedges. Transfer wedges to baking sheet, spacing 2-inches apart. Bake biscuits until puffed and golden about 18 minutes. Brush tops with melted butter. ( Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool vompletely. Wrap in foil' let stand at room temperature. Rewarm in 350ø oven until heated through, about 5 minutes.) Serve


Nutritional Information:

168 Calories (kcal); 2g Total Fat; (11% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 31g Carbohydrate; 3mg Cholesterol; 598mg Sodium

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