6 Rock Cornish hens (about 1 1/2 lbs each), split
1 1/2 cups Gold Medal flour
3 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 cups shortening (half butter)
Melted butter

Heat oven to 425F. Wash hens and pat dry. Mix flour, salt and pepper; coat hens with flour mixture. In oven melt shortening in two baking pans; 13x9x2".

Place hens skin side down in melted shortening. Bake uncovered 45 minutes. Turn; bake 15 minutes longer. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with paprika.

12 servings