Food - Drink
The Secret Ingredient That Will Change Your Homemade Biscuits Forever
By LAUREN ROTHMAN
A lighter, fluffier texture is what biscuit-bakers seek, relying on various techniques — such as super-cold fat and tenderizing buttermilk — to achieve it. While we typically think of biscuits as a mix of flour, salt, butter, buttermilk, and occasionally sugar, it turns out that there's a much simpler recipe that can produce light, tender biscuits with just three ingredients.
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As it turns out, mayonnaise, often called for in baking recipes and said to bring tenderness to items such as pancakes, is a handy ingredient for using in biscuits as well. The vinegar included in mayo acts as a tenderizing agent to create a wonderful texture in the biscuits, and a simple recipe calling for self-rising flour, milk, and mayonnaise turns out light and fluffy biscuits.
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Note that rather than being rolled and cut, mayonnaise biscuits are drop biscuits, using just enough milk to hold them together before being dropped onto a baking sheet or into a muffin pan. So the next time you're craving biscuits, just reach for a bag of flour, a jar of mayo, and some milk, and tender biscuits can be yours in less than 15 minutes.
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