Drop biscuits are a quick and easy type of biscuit that can be prepared and baked in a matter of minutes. These biscuits are made by simply dropping spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet and baking them in the oven. They are a great option for those who are new to baking or are short on time, as they don’t require rolling or cutting out the dough. Drop biscuits are typically made with flour, baking powder, salt, butter or shortening, and milk or buttermilk, and can be served as a side dish or used as a base for other recipes such as biscuits and gravy or strawberry shortcake. They are versatile, easy to customize and make a great addition to any meal.
Here’s a simple recipe for Drop Biscuits:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 3/4 cup milk or buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add the butter pieces to the flour mixture and use your fingers or a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Gradually add the milk or buttermilk to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. The dough will be sticky.
Using a spoon, drop spoonfuls of the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Leave about 1 inch between each biscuit.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown.
Serve the biscuits warm, with butter, jam, or honey if desired.
Here are a few variations and tips to make the most out of your drop biscuits recipe:
You can make drop biscuits with self-rising flour instead of all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt.
To make drop biscuits with a bit of sweetness, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar to the dry ingredients.
For a cheesy twist, add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese to the dough before dropping it onto the baking sheet.
For a savory version, you can add herbs such as chopped chives, parsley, or thyme to the dough.
To make drop biscuits with a flaky texture, you can add 1/4 cup of grated frozen butter to the dough and mix it in, then proceed with the recipe.
You can also add a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup for a sweeter taste.
To make drop biscuits with a crusty top, you can brush the tops of the biscuits with a beaten egg or milk before baking.
Once you’ve dropped the biscuits onto the baking sheet, you can gently press down on each biscuit to flatten it slightly before baking.
Drop biscuits are best eaten fresh and warm, but you can store leftovers in an airtight container for 2-3 days at room temperature. You can reheat them in the oven or microwave.
Overall, drop biscuits are a versatile and easy-to-make recipe that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Feel free to experiment with different flavors and ingredients to create your own unique drop biscuit recipe. Enjoy!