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Two Peas and Their Pod: Recipe for Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

Friday, March 20, 2009

Recipe for Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

I love testing out different recipes. I think Joshua gets sick of it though. He is always begging to make some of his favorite recipes that we have made in the past, but I usually shoot him down because I want to try something new. So we rarely eat the same thing twice. If we do it is at least a month later.

I love homemade biscuits and have been testing out different recipes. So far we have posted two of our favorite recipes, one from Pinch My Salt and one from Hell's Backbone Grill. They are both really good, just different.

Well, we tried another new recipe and we loved this one as well. This one came from Cooks Illustrated. It is a drop buttermilk biscuit, so it was super easy to make. The texture was a little more "hearty" than soft and flaky. The biscuits were also a little "thicker" than the others. They were VERY good! I loved the added texture that came with this biscuits and the rustic feel. I enjoyed mine with a drizzle of warm honey.

If you are a biscuit lover, give all of these a try. We love them all. I might have to do a blind taste test to find out my favorite. They are all so tasty!

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated

(Printable Recipe)

2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1 cup cold buttermilk
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (about 5 minutes), plus 2 tablespoons melted butter for brushing biscuits


1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 475°F. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in large bowl. Combine buttermilk and 8 tablespoons melted butter in medium bowl, stirring until butter forms small clumps.

2. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir with rubber spatula until just incorporated and batter pulls away from sides of bowl. Using greased 1/4-cup dry measure, scoop level amount of batter and drop onto parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet (biscuits should measure about 2 1/4 inches in diameter and 1 1/4 inches high). Repeat with remaining batter, spacing biscuits about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until tops are golden brown and crisp, 12 to 14 minutes.

3. Brush biscuit tops with remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter. Transfer to wire rack and let cool 5 minutes before serving.

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Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

Tell Joshua how lucky he is having a wife who enjoys trying new recipes!!
Biscuits look delicious! :D

5:08 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Drop biscuits=fab! Love the idea of having homemade bread products with out tons of work! They look great.

Sorry about belly- will email you later today :(

5:08 AM  
Blogger Kristen616 said...

Oh yum, these look delicious! I haven't made biscuits in a while, I'm due!

5:15 AM  
Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

I like testing recipes too :-) Glad you liked this one!!

5:20 AM  
Blogger The Purple Carrot said...

Those look SO delicious!!

5:23 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

My husband says the same thing although I definitely don't cook as much as you do.

But I agree with Balance, Joy and Delicias, Joshua is lucky to have a wife who likes to cook!

5:31 AM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Wow lots of butter. I bet they do taste good.

5:33 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

ohhh. those sound amazing! i love biscuits, i'll definitely try to make these :)

6:15 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

These look like the ultimate buttermilk biscuit!

6:16 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Fantastic! These drop biscuits look so good!



6:23 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

At least Josh isn't stuck eating tv dinners or take out all the time. I love the drop biscuits!

6:42 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

OH MY GOSH>> This is totally ME talking!! I never make the same thing twice.. hardly ever! How funny. Maybe us food bloggers are all alike?

These sound yummy!

6:52 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thanks everyone! Josh is a good sport, but sometimes he just wants his favorite cookies, etc:)

RecipeGirl-Glad you do the same thing. I just love trying new recipes!

7:00 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

Did you drizzle those with honey?? I just learned the wonders of biscuits and honey! Yours look so delicious!!! I think I may make them this weekend!

7:11 AM  
Blogger Elyse said...

Oh yum! I love honey on my biscuits. What a divine idea! And these biscuits look totally awesome; I can't wait to try out the recipe!

7:28 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Teanna-Yes, honey is a must with biscuits! I hope you try them!

Elyse-I hope you enjoy them. Thanks again for all of your help!

7:42 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

These looks so delicious!! Great photos!

8:03 AM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

Wow the crust on those biscuits look fantastic Maria! the thing I love about biscuits is that they dont take too much time to bake :)

8:16 AM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

My hubby gets fussy at times too and wants boring same old same old, but at least your Josh likes way more new things than mine!
I love buttermillk biscuits with some sausage gravy...Mmm

8:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i will take exactly 24 of these!


8:39 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

honey is the best on biscuits!!! :)

8:42 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

sorry... i commented with my fiance's account (this is kara by the way)

8:43 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

These biscuits are amazing. Treadmill here I come.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I love biscuits with honey and butter. Yours look fantatic.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

These look delicious! I love cooks illustrated!

9:31 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

All I want is some FRIED CHICKEN! I gotta get my chicken on!

I love Maria's cooking and am very grateful for all of her Yummy food!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

What great looking biscuits. I love the honey drizzled on top picture, it looks great! Josh should feel very blessed to have such a great wife, Im sure he does!

9:45 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

Those look wonderful. I haven't made biscuits in awhile and I do have buttermilk I need to use...

10:14 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I can only try something new about once a week. Ben's a creature of comfort! So am I, honestly. But I get so excited at people's creations I can't help myself!

10:41 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I've got buttermilk I need to use up! These look perfect!

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those biscuits look fantastic! So much fun to try new recipes!

10:46 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

They look awesome - love buttermilk biscuits!
Hubby has the same complaint - he rarely if ever gets repeats. Oh well!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Reeni said...

Biscuits and honey, yummy!! I love that their the drop kind too, quick and easy-peasy.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I am like you and hardly ever make the same thing in a month. These look delicious!

1:17 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

I love the picture of the biscuit with honey on it!!

1:19 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

I made these before and for a non biscuit lover, I have to admit they were pretty good!

3:02 PM  
Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

I LOVE biscuits!! These look fabulous. And the honey is such a nice touch! I used to dip Hardees biscuits in honey when I was little! :D

3:30 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

I love buttermilk biscuits warm and dripping with one (just like your picture). Testing recipes is so fun!

5:39 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

OK, this one is on my list to make this weekend. I will alter an few things and let you know how it goes. By the way, new contest involving PEEPS on my blog. This one shold excite your hubby and lil one.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Sophia Lee said...

this is awesome, especially with maple syrup on top! I've got to try these!

7:45 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

I love biscuits but I am scared of them. I can eat too many and they go right to my hips. Thanks for the answer on the book, I will do that this weekend!

And I am like you, I love to keep making new things and I let out a groan when hubs wants something I have already made. Hah, poor boys.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

They look delicous! Very similar to what we call scones in the UK.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

I love drop biscuits and these look fabulous, especially with the honey on top!

11:31 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

These look delicious, love the honey drizzle!!!

12:37 PM  
Blogger test it comm said...

Those biscuits dripping in honey look really good!

12:45 PM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

Ha ha, I am like you in wanting to continue to try new recipes, but I do crave some of the tried and true now and again. I know hubby sure does as well. These biscuits would easily become a favorite. They look wonderful!

3:01 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

The biscuits look great. My husband adores biscuits with honey and he would thrilled to have these!

5:17 PM  
Blogger Pearl said...

my goodness- your biscuits look flawless. wow. now i want to bake some biscuits for my family :D

what a lucky hubby!

5:51 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

These look very tasty, my hubby LOVES his biscuits, I should definitely make these for him. I know what you mean about never making the same thing. I rarely make the same thing twice, there are too many things to try out there!

8:24 PM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

These look fantastic and so easy with the drop technique! Another winning recipe.

8:48 PM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

YOu guys are just like me and Sir Pickypants. I'm always looking for novelty and he would just like something tried and true and simple.

I love making drop bisuits because they are way less intimidating than rolled. I'm always afraid of overworking rolled biscuits. Drop biscuits give you a lot more room for error. Maybe the consistency isn't quite the same, but that's okay. They still taste good.

4:44 AM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

Yummy biscuits! They look fantastic!!

6:33 AM  
Blogger Cakebrain said...

Hey! I was just thinking about this CI recipe! I love biscuits but haven't made them in a while. They have another cut biscuit that uses a different technique that I love. The CI magazine that I recently bought has this drop biscuit recipe and so many others I want to try! Your biscuits look fantastic!

8:17 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

These biscuits look delicious - especially the first picture with the honey drizzled on top! I love that they are quick to make also.

10:30 AM  
Blogger grace said...

oh, the rusticity of it all. (i think i just made a new word.) great biscuits--the perfect vehicle for jelly, honey, what-have-you.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

is that a honey drizzle? DIVINE :)

1:12 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

What a great blog! I love all of your delicious recipes! Thanks for stopping by CNC! :)

3:22 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

MMMMM, those two pictures of the biscuit with honey dripping down are droolicious!

7:08 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

These look tasty!

8:46 PM  
Blogger Peter M said...

After that finishing touch, these do indeed look yummy!

8:50 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

I know what you mean, my hubby like to have his old faves as well as try the newcomers.

These biscuits look lovely.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sure stepped Buttermilk biscuits up to a whole new level, eh? You are doing such fabulous work in the kitchen darling, you really are talented.

2:49 AM  
Blogger Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Biscuits are a food category all of their own. Thanks for this recipe to try:D

3:17 AM  
Blogger Jim Light said...

We were lucky enough to have Jen and Blake from Hell's Backbone Grill prepare their biscuits in our kitchen at Kimball. They are a true favorite!
Since we have unused buttermilk in the fridge, I may make a batch as a treat before teaching my class this evening.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

I was going to say that I'd seen this recipe and wanted to try it...but I was distracted by those banana cupcakes. I love Nutella!

3:39 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

These look great. I love buttermilk biscuits and these look fairly easy to make!

8:55 AM  
Blogger eatme_delicious said...

Mmmm I love biscuits. I'll have to save these 3 recipes. ;) And I love that these ones are drop biscuits. I hate when you have to try and roll out the dough because I'm paranoid about overworking it.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Michelle N said...

Yumm! They look delicious, I must try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

9:46 PM  
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