Combine all ingredients except the milk and mix until the mixture resembles a crumbly texture, sort of like coarse corn meal or Grape Nuts. Add the cold milk all at once and mix to form a soft dough. When mixing be careful to only mix till the mass forms together, over mixing will make for tough biscuits. Turn out onto a work surface, dust with flour and kneed 15 times. Place the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. On a floured surface roll the dough to a thickness of 3/4 of an inch, cut out the biscuits with a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a pre heated 425 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.
Optional: You may brush each biscuit with melted butter and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar before baking.
Note: Serve warm with crushed sugared strawberries and whipped cream. Great with any fruit shortcake.