These easy Orange Drop Biscuits can be mixed and baked and on the table in 30 minutes. The addition of orange makes them perfect for breakfast or even snack.
Quick Orange Drop Biscuits
My Mom was really big on biscuits, she would make them plain and sometimes add chocolate chips or even dried fruit. I thought these simple Drop Biscuits would be perfect with some orange zest.
And they were, considering they were gone in a day!
Of course if you prefer, lemon zest will work well too, or you can skip it completely and just make them plain. If you add dried fruit or chocolate chips toss them into the mixture with the egg mixture.
How to make Drop Biscuits
- In a small bowl beat together the egg and milk.
- In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients and zest.
- Add the butter and mix until coarse crumbs have formed.
- Then add the egg mixture and stir just until combined.
- Drop the batter by heaping tablespoons to form six mounds on a prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake for about 15-18 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
What does stir just until combined mean?
It means to combine the dry ingredients with the liquid ingredients until the dry ingredients are completely moistened but the mixture is still slightly lumpy. Do not over mix or mix until smooth or your biscuits will turn out very dry and tough.
How to know when they are done
Bake until the biscuits are lightly golden, not too much because they will continue to cook once they are out of the oven for a bit. Remember to just stir until combined, almost like muffins. Stir about 15 times and it will be fine.
How to store them
The baked cooled biscuits should be kept at room temperature in an airtight plastic bag. They will keep for up to two days.
The biscuit dough can be made in advance and stored for up to three days in the fridge. Or if you want to freeze the unbaked dough, then freeze the formed unbaked biscuits for a few hours or until firm and then move to a freezer safe bag or container.
They can be baked straight from the freezer, just increase the baking time to about 4-5 minutes.
The cooled baked biscuits can also be frozen, freeze in a container or bag. The raw dough will last up to three months in the freezer.
More delicious Orange Recipes
So if you are looking for something tasty and quick, these Orange Drop Biscuits are just the thing. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy!
Quick Orange Drop Biscuits
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- zest of 1/2 an orange
- 2 tablespoons butter (cold)
- Pre-heat oven to 400F (200C) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl beat together the egg and milk, set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and zest. Add the cold butter and mix to form coarse crumbs. Add the egg mixture and mix with a fork or spatula just until combined (about 15 or 16 stirs).
- Drop the batter by heaping tablespoons (6 mounds) on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden (a little darker on the edges). Move to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!