Friday, February 18, 2011

Simple Olive Oil Drop Biscuits

Olive Oil Drop Biscuit | Taste As You Go

A few weeks ago, as New York began to dig itself out from the snowstorm that left 19 inches of snow in its wake, my busy schedule came to a grinding halt. It wasn't the weather that slowed me down, though. It was a high fever that peaked at 103.2°F. (Clearly a sign that I was over-doing it.) I was so delirious (and stubborn) that I wouldn't allow myself to rest until I had walked the few blocks to the market to procure ginger ale. When I'm sick, I just have to have it.


Olive Oil Drop Biscuits | Taste As You Go

It wasn't until the second day of my fever that I started to think about food again. Did I take it easy and just order some soup from the local diner? No. I marched dragged myself into my kitchen, turned on the oven, and baked biscuits. From scratch. Why? Because I wanted something to go with my tea that was more substantial than crackers. And, well, because I didn't actually think to buy crackers the day before when I went out on my quest for ginger ale.

Olive Oil Drop Biscuit | Taste As You Go

In order to cut back on the richness of the biscuits, I opted against using butter in the dough. Instead, I reached for my bottle of really good extra-virgin olive oil and used it in place of the butter.

Olive Oil Drop Biscuit | Taste As You Go

What resulted was a tremendously moist and flavorful biscuit! I mean, doesn't that look scrumptious??

Olive Oil Drop Biscuit | Taste As You Go

And... skipping the butter in the dough meant I could slather as much butter on the hot, fresh-from-the-oven biscuit as I wanted! Without guilt.

These biscuits were ridiculously simple to make. Even when you're fighting off a fever and don't feel your best!


Simple Olive Oil Drop Biscuits
Yield: 6 biscuits | Printable Recipe


INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup milk

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt until well-combined. Pour in the olive oil and milk and stir until just moistened.
  3. Drop batter onto a baking sheet lined with Silpat or parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown on the edges.
  4. Serve warm.
Recipe by Michelle Rittler | Taste As You Go

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