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Drop Biscuits (quick and easy)

This is a quick recipe for homemade drop biscuits. I like them hot out of the oven for breakfast. Insides of these biscuits were soft and fluffy. Perfect consistency. I ate these with just a little smear of butter, while B didn't even add butter. You can start setting out the ingredients the night before to make it even easier to throw together in the morning. Takes maybe 10 minutes of prep work and then bake for 10-11 minutes. (I baked for another 5 minutes on top of that trying to brown the tops a little more but they remained just barely browned. Maybe I'll try brushing with melted butter next time. Would that help it brown?)

So the night before, I mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and then cover it with plastic wrap until morning. I also set a stick of butter out on a plate to let it soften overnight. Then in the morning, preheat the oven to 400F. Since the butter softened overnight, it's easy to mix it in with the dry ingredients with a fork (if, like me, you don't have a pastry blender). Since I was also making scrambled eggs, I just threw the recipe's leftover egg yolk in with some more eggs.

Drop Biscuits
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes
Yield: 12 biscuits (server 2 biscuits per person)

3 cups white flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 egg
1 egg white
1 cup milk

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, blend together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Use a pastry blender (or fork) to cut in the butter.
  4. In a small bowl (or large cup), mix the wet ingredients. Beat the egg and egg white together. Mix in the cup of milk.
  5. Blend wet ingredients with the dry ingredients together until sticky dough forms.
  6. You can plop on a greased cookie sheet OR roll out on floured board to 3/4" thick and cut with biscuit cutter. [Dough was really sticky. I can't imagine being able to roll it out. I just plopped the dough into 12 mounds on the greased cookie sheet.]
  7. Bake 10-11 minutes in a 400 degree F oven. [I tried to brown it by baking another 5 minutes but it was barely browned. Didn't want to bake longer lest they become too dry.]

Dough plopped onto greased cookie sheet
dough plopped onto greased cookie sheet


fluffy inside of biscuits
Fluffy inside of biscuits

Saw recipe at Recipezaar: http://www.recipezaar.com/biscuits-395637
Cross-posted to bakebakebake: http://community.livejournal.com/bakebakebake/2900435.html

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I call those drop biscuits - I'll make them for dinner some times but I'll add 1/2 a cup of sharp grated cheddar cheese and brush them with melted garlic butter when they're almost done. Gotta have 'em whenever I have fish or shrimp!

Oh! I updated the name from "Biscuits" to "Drop Biscuits" then. That sounds right to me. Your version sounds delicious!

I'm definitely trying this recipe.

I have never been able to make a decent biscuit.

I've tried a handful of other biscuit recipes but I stopped looking when I tried this one :-)

I would never thought of putting the dry ingredients together the night before, but that sounds like a great tip for making things faster in the morning!

It's the same idea as those box cake mixes :)

I always put the dry ingredients together the night before when making stuff like pancakes, waffles and biscuits from scratch. Great time saver.I also make the cheese version of these biscuits.

I was happy to finally catch on that I could start the night before. I'm going to add cheese to them some day.

Those look yum.

I'd preheat the oven to 450 or 500 to get better browning.

oh nice...my oven tends to heat up hotter than it says anyhow. I'll try letting it get hotter. Would I need to reduce the baking time?

Usually, but if you weren't getting browning at the old temp and had to leave it in longer, I'd keep the same time. Basically, take them out just when they look done, unless you have a weird oven that's cold on top or something. You could also jack up the heat and broil the tops until browned.

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Awww, you discovered the Bisquick Trick.

...eggs? In biscuits? and sugar?!

Honey, those are shortcakes, and rich ones at that, with the egg and all.

I can make biscuits without the recipe stuck up in front of me, but to save typing, here's my usual recipe.

That said, one way to make them brown is just to bake a little longer. Another is to brush them with egg wash made from the extra yolk beaten with a little milk or water.

Re: Awww, you discovered the Bisquick Trick.

oh...those are shortcakes? The kinds that go with strawberry shortcakes? (I've never had them -- just heard of them and seen pictures where the shortcakes looked like biscuits.)

Thanks for the tip about giving them an egg wash! I'm relatively new to baking.

I really need to try this one. I love biscuits!

are these biscuits similar to those that're sold in Popeyes? :)

Haven't tried the ones at Popeyes so I don't know. These taste pretty buttery and were quite good for not much effort.

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