A staple form of bread during the 19th and early 20th century, biscuits can be made in large batches to feed a crowd. As noted, the recipe can be used for shortcakes. My mother often made similar biscuits then top with butter and chopped berries for dessert.
Baking Powder Biscuits
[and use same for shortcakes]
2 cups flour
2 heaping teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 T lard
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Work in lard using fingers, then mix with enough milk to pat out dough with fingers. Cut into circles and bake in a hot oven.
1 heaping cup of flour will make about four biscuits
2 heaping cups of flour will make about eleven biscuits