Make Yogurt Biscuits Without a Recipe, Like a Champ
Here at Food52, we love recipes — but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don’t always need a recipe, you’ll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.
Today: Food52’s Provisions Editor, Posie Harwood, teaches us how to make light, fluffy biscuits without butter or oil — and without a recipe — in under 20 minutes.
Adult breakfasts are fraught with anxiety: Should I eat a responsible bowl of Greek yogurt, or can I just have a plate of warm, flaky biscuits? I am here to tell you that you can have both, all at once.
Classic biscuits require some technique (cutting in cold butter) and foresight (actually having cold butter). My rendition is simpler. You likely have the ingredients at hand: Do you have flour? Salt? Yogurt? Give yourself a mental high five — you’ve got biscuits! The only skill this yogurt version requires is stirring. Can you stir? Great. You’re ready to bake.
Yogurt won’t give you the same flakiness as butter, but if you use a delicate touch, your biscuits will steam up into airy, light mounds. Aim for a “wet mess” of a dough, like in Shirley Corriher’s Genius recipe. Yogurt also gives these biscuits a slight tang — the perfect foil for add-ins like cheese and spices. Or, as I see it, a reason to eat cheese for breakfast.
Once I discovered how easy and fast it was to make these, I started having biscuits a lot. You can wake up, mix the dough in your pajamas, and bake them while you shower. Take all that butter you didn’t put in the biscuits, slather it on top, and eat them immediately.
Ready? Let’s begin.
How to Make Yogurt Biscuits Without a Recipe
1. First, preheat your oven to 400° F. Fill a large mixing bowl with as much flour as you want biscuits. All-purpose works well, but if you want more delicate biscuits, add in some pastry flour. Feel free to use whole wheat, or spelt, or any alternative — just make sure that at least half of your flour is AP, or your biscuits will be too dense.