Baking Powder Biscuits – With Mayonnaise

If you’re grossed out by this, you should absolutely not be. You can’t taste it and mayonnaise is eggs, oil and vinegar, basically. Pretty much what goes into bread products all the time.

I like baking powder biscuits. I love them baked fresh to go with whatever meal it is we’re having or even just as something to snack on with some homemade preserves when there’s no bread in the house – either because I didn’t get any or because Tali kidnapped it and put holes in the bag and the bread is stale as can be. She’s listening to me type with her ears back – I wonder if she knows I’m typing about her….probably. She absolutely does not care, though.

The only thing I don’t like about making them is having to get the butter all cut up into the flour – some nights that just seems like more work than it’s worth. You know you’re feeling lazy when…..

A long while ago, I found a Southern recipe that made biscuits using mayonnaise instead of butter or lard or shortening. Of course I had to try them and while they are not “authentic” baking powder biscuits, they do the job and they are fast to make – sometimes that’s all you want.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (not Miracle whip or salad dressing – they aren’t the same thing) 🙂
  • ¾ cup milk (you can use water here if there’s no milk in the house – they won’t be quite the same, but close enough)
  • pinch of salt

Preheat your oven to 425F.

Put your flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and mix them well. There is not much nastier than a lovely biscuit that has a pocket of unmixed salt in it. Unless you pull a prank on your parents and try to put the salt in the sugar bowl and the sugar in the salt shaker when you’re 6 or 7….and don’t quite think it through. The sugar was quite salty and pretty darn revolting. Since I was the only one who used sugar in anything at that time, I was the only one who suffered for that prank. And because I was so brilliant and messed it up, I decided I couldn’t say anything about it so I suffered through the better part of a half bowl of sugar. Young me was a little dumb sometimes.

Add in the mayonnaise and the milk and mix. You can just add in the mayonnaise first and mix until it’s reasonably dispersed then add the milk. Whichever makes you happy. Either way, be careful you only mix until just mixed or you’ll get some tough biscuits.

Split into 12 approximately even pieces and pop each piece into a sprayed cup of a muffin pan. I used a silicon muffin pan so didn’t need to spray.

Bake for 12 minutes. Let them sit a minute or two, if you can. Split them open and add whatever toppings you like. I served mine with chicken a la King on top.

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