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Greek Yogurt Biscuits

Greek Yogurt Biscuits

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Are you a risk-taking type person? I can safely say that I used to be much more of a risk-taker than I am today. For example, I went skydiving on my 18th birthday. Before I jumped out of the airplane, I had to sign my life away – contracts acknowledging that I could very possibly die doing what I was about to do. I put pen to paper without a second thought. Then, moments later, I dove headlong out of a tiny airplane at 12,000 feet. I have a VHS tape to prove it, complete with Crazy by Seal as the soundtrack. Because I was exactly that: crazy. Today, 15 years later, I have a hard time getting onto a much larger and more reliable commercial airplane without considering the risk or counting the cost. I do have a husband and three young children who depend on me, after all.

Greek Yogurt Biscuits

Greek Yogurt BiscuitsSometimes you just have to take risks in the kitchen. Do something unexpected, try new ingredients or methods – grow, stretch, improve. I took a risk on these biscuits. I was doubtful that I would get a blog-worthy result from a biscuit made with Greek yogurt and skim milk. But, I knew that if they did succeed they’d be well worth the risk. They’d be pretty darn amazing actually. And I knew that many of my readers might be excited about a Greek Yogurt Biscuit recipe if I could truly pull it off.

Greek Yogurt Biscuits

These biscuits worked like a charm. I was pleasantly surprised. They rise up beautifully and are tender and tangy, with crisp, golden edges. The Greek yogurt acts much the same as buttermilk does in a traditional biscuit – providing that moisture, tang, and magical leavening power – but without all the butter or shortening that you find in the classic versions. Granted, these aren’t the ultra-fluffy, flaky biscuits you might find at your nearest fried chicken place, but they’re a mighty good alternative for those of us who want to lighten things up while still getting to enjoy some homemade biscuits now and then. They’re much healthier (plus that extra protein punch we all love about Greek yogurt) and a little easier, too.

Greek Yogurt Biscuits

Yield: About 6 biscuits, more or less depending on the size of your cutter

Greek Yogurt Biscuits

Adapted from Healthy Recipes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used non-fat)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cream of tartar, stirring to combine. In a smaller bowl, stir together the yogurt and milk. Add the yogurt to the flour mixture and stir gently until it all comes together and a soft dough forms, being careful not to overwork the dough.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat it lightly into a circle, about 1-inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter, cut rounds of the dough and place them onto a prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  4. Bake about 13-15 minutes or until cooked through and golden. Serve immediately, while hot. Great with butter and jam or honey, with gravy, or as the bread for a breakfast sandwich, etc.

Notes

Because of the absence of fat in this recipe, the biscuits do toughen up some as they cool. For that reason, they are best served fresh from the oven while still hot. Any leftovers can be stored in a bag or airtight container and rewarmed before serving.

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13 comments
KatieWilson
KatieWilson

I was searching Google for a biscuit recipe with greek yogurt, trying to get the family to eat something a little healthier for breakfast and was so excited when I found these! I'm originally from Nikiski, AK, so even more excited when I saw you were from Kenai! These were fantastic, everyone ate 2 and no one even noticed the difference from using greek yogurt instead of butter. Thanks!

abbydumont
abbydumont

I'm so excited to try these! I've been seeing recipes all over the place.  Two questions though - why did you use milk in addition to the greek yogurt instead of more yogurt for moisture?  And, do you think 2% Greek yogurt (Fage brand) will work?  We don't usually by whole milk yogurt.

Miss B
Miss B

We tried these and were very pleased. Just as you said, these are NOT your average decadent biscuit. However, they are a nice alternative if you want something healthy. We thought the flavor was very biscuit-like while the texture was a little bit chewy like an English muffin minus the dry powdery coating. These would make excellent bread for breakfast sandwiches. Great recipe!

hungryakgirl
hungryakgirl

Oh my!  I noticed this in your weekly email!  YUM!  I had to laugh because we have the same honeypot at our house.  My daughter saw it at a kitchen store in Hawaii and just HAD to have it! :)  I find that it looks better than it actually works, practically speaking.  We eat lots of honey at our house, and it's always a mess.  It's very cute, though, and that's all that matters! :)

KaristasKitchen
KaristasKitchen

No skydiving for me.  I'd probably have a heart attack on the way down. LOL!  Ranger Craig was an Army Airborne Ranger (hense the love name) and he's adventurous enough for the both of us.  You were one brave woman! I am a huge biscuit fan, not that I bake many biscuits but I grew up eating biscuits and gravy and on special occasions, biscuits and chocolate gravy.  I keep thinking I should blog that chocolate gravy but then people might think I'm weirder than I already am. :)  Love these biscuits and love that they're made with Greek yogurt! Delicious as always Maya. : 

lilikoi78
lilikoi78

I too went skydiving for my 18th birthday and also have the VHS tape of my jump.  My background music was "Kickstart your Heart" by Motley Crue.  Yeah, not my choice.  I also love all things biscuit.  Excited to try the recipe! 

smallday_in
smallday_in

I like Greek food...although in India we have very few restaurants that serve authentic Greek cuisine, but mentioning this recipe, it's simple... i'll try it from scratch... will see how it goes and if my kids like it...

Heather at Heathers Dish
Heather at Heathers Dish

I am a little ridiculously excited about these - anything to make my favorite classics a little healthier is perfect!

Miss B
Miss B

Thank you for this recipe. I love biscuits, but I do try to cut back on fat and artificial ingredients. This sounds perfect!

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

 @KaristasKitchen Oh my word, Karista!!! I LOVE chocolate gravy... and I kid you not... I seriously considered making chocolate gravy the day I made these and blogging about it. But, I made key lime curd instead. :) So, either you're totally NOT weird or we're both weird together. Lol. Either way, this comment made my day. 

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

That's amazing that you have a similar skydiving story... and Motley Crew! LOL!

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

Woohoo! I'm excited with you! p.s. Really enjoyed your She Reads Truth testimony on Saturday. :) 

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