morning, biscuits.

January 17, 2011
biscuits, ingredients
biscuits, cut
biscuit, finished
i wish i was better at breakfasts. my favorite breakfast foods are warm and buttery. but many mornings by the time i’ve finished blinking my eyes open over my first cup of tea, i’m already late for wherever i’m supposed to be {this morning is no exception}. 
sundays, though? sundays are good days for baking. ever since i was little buttery biscuits have been one of my favorite breakfast foods. just the right amount of salty and sweet, with plenty of the requisite butter. i make mine with yogurt, an ingredient i happen to have on hand more often than buttermilk. i like to mix them up in a bowl using my own two hands, but i imagine using a food processor would be nice too.
here’s the quickie recipe, adapted from mark bittman.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 scant teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
5 tablespoons butter {you can use less if you must}.
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons yogurt
heat oven to 450. mix together all of the dry ingredients. cut the butter into bits, picking up the dry ingredients and rubbing the butter between your fingers. make sure all the butter is thoroughly blended into the flour etc. stir in the yogurt until the mixture forms a ball. turn the ball onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 10 times. dough should be slightly sticky.
press the dough into a 3/4 inch-thick rectangle and cut into rounds, either with a biscuit cutter, or like i did, with the top of a mason jar. place rounds on ungreased baking sheet. reshape leftover dough and cut again. bake for 7-9 minutes. until golden brown. serve with jam if you must  or more butter if you’re brave.
the end.

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25 Comments

  • Reply Caroline January 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Perfect. I always want to make biscuits, but rarely have milk, much less buttermilk. Usually have yogurt too, and I can never get through the whole thing before it gets a bit too sour. I'll try these next weekend.

  • Reply Caroline January 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Oh yeah, two more things: 1. I just got a set of round cookie cutters, so I am excited to used them 2. Should the butter be room temp or cold?

  • Reply Callie Grayson January 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    mmmm, I so love a good buttery biscuit too! What a great idea to swap out the buttermilk for the yogurt! Since I always have many large containers in my frig….. yes, I love yogurt!
    xx
    callie

  • Reply Meg January 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    these look delicious. i will definitely give them a try for my next lazy breakfast! xox

  • Reply Julia January 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    YOGURT? That's fabulous, I would never have thought of that! I can't wait to try these out!

  • Reply Sarah Morgan January 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Those look delicious! There's nothing better than warm biscuits fresh out of the oven in the morning!

  • Reply knack January 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    warm buttery biscuits are the best! I made you want chocolate covered pretzels on friday and I think you just made me want biscuits for lunch on monday!

    xo

  • Reply Destiny January 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    These look so delicious! I wonder how it turns out if I try the recipe, I am pretty sure delicious! xXx bisous!

  • Reply Jane Flanagan January 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    LOVE!

  • Reply olivia rae January 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    gosh i love your stories and recipes. for some reason, biscuits have always intimidated me but these look doable. i am going to try them on the next rainy, cozy, perfect-for-baking morning.

  • Reply Amy@OldSweetSong January 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    DAMN WOMAN. I may just have to try these.

  • Reply Michelle January 17, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Mmm, butter biscuits! The simplest biscuits always seem to be my favourite, thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Indie.Tea January 18, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Although I'm not a breakfast eater, I do love breakfast foods. And your biscuits look so fluffy and golden-buttery. Yum!

  • Reply whitney January 18, 2011 at 1:34 am

    what beautiful photos. the biscuits look delicious, i will try this recipe next time i bake!

  • Reply Rachel January 18, 2011 at 3:17 am

    mm, yum. definitely gotta try these sometime

  • Reply Beth January 18, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Yum! You have inspired me to try this…

  • Reply bigBANG studio January 18, 2011 at 6:40 am

    HEAVEN. Mark Bittman can do no wrong. I have a go-to buttermilk biscuit recipe that takes all of ten minutes from start-to-oven, if you want to expand your baked-and-buttery breakfast repertoire! They can go either sweet with a little lemon zest and extra sugar, or savory to go with over-easy eggs, avocado, and cheddar.

    Here they are with strawberries:
    http://bigbangstudio.blogspot.com/2010/06/strawberry-shortcake.html

  • Reply Jen January 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    yogurt? yum!!

  • Reply Allison January 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    mmm…these look so good. i had forgotten about using yogurt in biscuits. i've got some on hand, so i'll definitely have to try it out, especially because i've got some homemade strawberry jam calling out for biscuits.

  • Reply Sarah January 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Haha I love these crazy american 'biscuits' because they're actually scones! Those very british things you guys think are posh are really just plain old biscuits. The salt probably wouldn't be in there, but they are just the same! Enjoy them with a cup of tea and you're there.

  • Reply Rachel January 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    My absolute favorite. So much so that I rarely make them, because I cannot control myself and will eat the entire tray.

  • Reply simone leblanc January 18, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    gorgeous! they looks so perfect and delicious.

  • Reply {lovely little things} January 19, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Biscuits in the morning if one of life's simple pleasures. Wish that'd been my breakfast! YUM!

  • Reply Amanda January 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    biscuits are the best! so simple to make and delicious to eat…

    thanks for linking up the recipe!

  • Reply lady lyles February 9, 2011 at 3:01 am

    I used your recipe : ) Just posted it. Delicious. Thank you!

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