I cannot, however, make biscuits or any other kind of bread worth a damn. I decided I would try to make one new bread recipe a month. I started with this one from the King Arthur Website. When blooming the yeast I panicked and found they actually have bakers ON SITE whom you can call with questions. She re-assured me and I continued.
1 packet "highly active" active dry yeast; or 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast; or 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
7/8 to 1 1/8 cups lukewarm water*
3 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, (I used Better for Bread Flour)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes
1) If you're using active dry yeast, dissolve it with a pinch of sugar in 2 tablespoons of the lukewarm water. Let the yeast and water sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, until the mixture has bubbled and expanded. If you're using instant yeast, you can skip this step.