i have reached biscuit nirvana: feather-light drop biscuits

I’m back from my bike travels and it was a good trip. No disasters, no road rash, just calm country island roads. There wasn’t as much bike-riding as in our past rides, but it was leisurely and it was nice to be camping and enjoy time away from the computer. We went only on 2 of the Islands, Lopez and San Juan, which were very bike-friendly with lots of rolling hills and wide shoulders to ride on. All in all, I wasn’t too keen on the small bit of the San Juans that we saw, I much prefer the hippy/laid-back vibes of the Canadian Gulf Islands. Oh well, I got to try Hawaiian shaved ice for the first time and now I’ve got to find some of that icy magic here in Vancouver.

I’ve been dreaming about the perfect biscuit for a long time. My very first try was a disaster and the results ended up in the trash bin. I then tried this recipe which worked well for me…easy to whip up, vegan-friendly and tasty. And while my biscuit making chops were satisfied at the time, I decided to venture out and try a new kind of biscuit: the winsome drop biscuit. Oh. My. What took me so long?

This recipe comes via Yum Sugar who used a Cooks Illustrated recipe and it does not disappoint. These are even easier to make since they don’t require any fussy rolling or cutting. Just drop that slovenly blob of dough onto the cookie sheet and you are gravy (oh, gravy!). Enjoy.

29 comments to “i have reached biscuit nirvana: feather-light drop biscuits”

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    S.   August 19, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    This sounds scrumptious! And I have a hankering for tea and jam right now, so I may stop by the store for some buttermilk… hmm.

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    Brilynn   August 19, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    I may have just developed a craving for biscuits… I’m so easily influenced.

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    [eatingclub] vancouver || js   August 19, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Oh wow! The biscuits, the biscuits!

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    S.   August 19, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    update: it was OH SO good.

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    Sylvie   August 20, 2008 at 2:35 am

    These will have to go on my to-try-list!

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    hag   August 19, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Glad you not only survived, but had a good time! I used to make biscuits all the time as a teenager…. I haven’t made them in AGES! I will have to try your “light” ones! Mine were usually pretty heavy.

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    Adrienne   August 20, 2008 at 6:53 am

    This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for. Making these this week for sure – thanks!

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    ~Molly~   August 20, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Being a busy mom of 3 kids, I typically use an all-purpose pancake/biscuit mix because it is quicker. However, this recipe stopped me in my tracks! We WILL be doing this for the weekend, yummy thanks to you! Just have to make sure to get butter…


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    Beth   August 20, 2008 at 11:11 am

    These llok great and I have all the ingrediemts to hand. Will have a go at these

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    Patricia Scarpin   August 20, 2008 at 11:21 am

    They look so light and flaky!

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    Bellini Valli   August 20, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Just give me a blob of these biscuits and I would be in Nirvana as well:D

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    Bijoux   August 20, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    If I had buttermilk on hand, I would totally make these for dinner today. They sound delicious and the image with the poached eggs looks so tantalizing!

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    kickpleat   August 21, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Steph, glad you met your craving and enjoyed the biscuits 🙂

    Brilynn, what are you waiting for?

    Eatingclub, indeed!

    Hag, this recipe is the bomb. Really!

    Sylvie, give them a go…they are worth it and there’s very little effort involved.

    Good luck, Adrienne, I hope you love them as much as I do!

    Strange, let me know how it goes! This is just as easy as a mix and I’m sure it tastes way better too!

    Enjoy, Beth!

    Patricia, they are indeed 🙂

    Bellini, there’s some serious nirvana here!

    Bijoux, you can easily make these with a mix of milk and lemon or vinegar to replace the buttermilk. Or use half yogurt and half milk and it should work out just fine.

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    Dawn   August 21, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Yes, these are perfect for breakfast. They look so tasty.

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    eatme_delicious   August 21, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Oh my I’m going to have to pick up some buttermilk and make these asap! I love that you don’t have to roll them out. Glad you enjoyed your trip away. 🙂

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    Bijoux   August 21, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the tip! I shall do just that 🙂

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    furlinedteacup   August 22, 2008 at 11:19 am

    These look delish.

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    bellcurves   August 22, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    those biscuits look perfect–why am i not surprised? 🙂 here’s another recipe of yours to be bookmarked and tested (soon) in my kitchen. glad you had a fun bike tour.

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    Dawna   August 23, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Alright, alright, I’ve been meaning to get around to trying this recipe, but this pretty much settles it! Tomorrow it is.

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    ~Molly~   August 24, 2008 at 7:13 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Box mix is now in the trash. These are Nirvana to the millionth! I’ve only eaten the top half of my first one too. Good gracious!!!!


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    kickpleat   August 24, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    oh dawn, they are!

    thanks, eat me.

    bijoux, let me know how they turn out.

    furlinedteapcup, delish indeed!

    thanks bellcurves.

    dawna, good! i hope they work out for breakfast 🙂

    glad you gave them a try, molly!

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    cinderelly   August 27, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    mmmm…i love biscuits! i like them with butter AND jam!

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    realworldmartha   September 2, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I love biscuits and cooks illustrated so I will have to try.


    Debbie aka The Real World Martha(S)

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    m00se   September 10, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I made these last night and used whole wheat pastry flour instead of the all purpose, and had to use a sub for the buttermilk as well (using skim milk), but they’re delicious. I actually passed the recipe on to a coworker today.

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    kickpleat   September 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    enjoy with butter + jam, cinderelly!

    realworldmartha, enjoy! these are great 🙂

    so glad you enjoyed them, mOOse!

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    thatgirl   September 12, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I read this recipe last night, and made the bicuits for breakfast…..yumyum

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    Danabee   January 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    These were heaven. I used 1/2 AP flour and 1/2 white whole wheat flour. I used yumsugar’s suggestion of using a greased 1/4 cup measure for portioning the biscuit dough. They emerged from the oven lovely, light and delicious. No more rolling and cutting!

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    Charlotte   June 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    This recipe is a cinch! I will never use Bisquick again! Good bye hockey pucks! I greased a 1/4 c. ice cream scoop to make things even easier (I just used the butter wrapper) sooo easy and the return was overwhelming pleas to make more.

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