“If you’re looking for a flaky basic biscuit, this recipe is the best. These golden brown rolls bake up tall, light and tender. They’re good on their own, but taste even better served warm and spread with butter or jam.” — Nancy Horsburgh, Everett, Ontario
Preheat oven to 400°. In a bowl, whisk together first 4 ingredients. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk together egg and milk. Add to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened.
On a well-floured surface, knead dough gently 8-10 times. Roll to 1/2-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Serve warm.