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Fresh Herb and Yogurt Biscuits

herb biscuit doughThis time of year, our bodies yearn for fresh, green food.  It has been a long winter, and we are ready for an influx of new growth.  In my yard and garden, there is not much growing yet.  We are barely out of winter, it seems.  However, there are some promising and exciting signs of spring.  Herbs are starting to poke their bright green stems and leaves through the wet, brown remains of winter.  Our chives are almost always the first to be ready, and the oregano is just starting to give some fresh growth.

crocuses after rainAnd of course the crocuses are a treat to see.  I had forgotten where I planted the daffodil bulbs last fall, so it has been fun to walk around the yard and see where there are daffodils popping up.  And the frogs!  In the evenings, the spring peepers are really starting to sing.  I love to sleep with the window cracked (even if it is a chilly night), just to listen to the frogs.

chiveschopped herbsSince I have been longing to make some kind of food from just-picked ingredients, I decided to make biscuits with chopped, fresh herbs.  We have some parsley growing in a pot at the kitchen windowsill,  and that has perked up since the spring sun has been shining through the window, and I picked some chives and some oregano from the yard.  Just picking and chopping herbs is a pleasure for me; I love the scents that are released.  Instead of the standard butter, I used plain yogurt for moisture in the biscuits.  They were delicious.  Biscuits go with almost anything–eggs, soup, or use them to make a sandwich.  The herbs give these biscuits a subtle, savory flavor.  I look forward to joining Fiesta Friday this week at The Novice Gardener!  The co-hosts are Hilda from Along the Grapevine and Julianna from Foodie on Board. biscuit dough 2biscuits on porchbiscuit in hand

Fresh Herb and Yogurt Biscuits

  • Servings: 12 biscuits
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Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour (I used 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of white)
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh, finely chopped herbs (I used chives, oregano and parsley)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly grease a baking sheet.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and stir with a fork.  Mix in the yogurt with your hands until a dough forms.  (Your hands will get very messy!)  Resist the urge to over-knead this dough–unlike with bread dough, too much kneading with biscuit dough makes the biscuits less fluffy.  Combine just until the dough holds together as a ball.  Then transfer to a floured work surface.  Pat the dough down till it is about 1/2 inch thick.  You may need at add some flour to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.  With a cutter about 2 inches round (I turn a small glass upside-down), cut the dough into circles and place on greased baking sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden. Enjoy!

16 Comments

  1. Debbie Spivey

    Even I lover of winter am yearning for green and the farmers’ markets to open! These biscuits look wonderful!

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Debbie! Me too–it felt so good to go out and see things starting to grow!

  2. Lili

    Yum yum!!! These look like what we call scones in the UK… love scones/biscuits! 🙂

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Lili, me too! I like all the variations that are possible!

  3. chefjulianna

    Ahhh, fresh herbs just make everything taste so good, don’t they? Your biscuits look super yummy! I would make some herb butter to put on them too! Thanks so much for sharing these with us at FF! 😀

    • Jenny

      Herb butter–I like that idea! Thank you for co-hosting this week, and I hope you have a great weekend!

  4. A Home Cook

    They look like scones to me, too, only without the effort of making that butter-flour crumb mix. Definitely worth a try.

    • Dragonfly Home Recipes

      They are really easy to make–and the fresh herbs make me feel like spring is coming!

  5. charmbutterfly19

    I love herb biscuits! Yours look yummy 🙂

  6. Julie is Hostess At Heart

    We just love biscuits but I’ve never used yogurt in them. I will have to try these!

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Julie–I hope you enjoy them!

  7. Amanda | What's Cooking

    Gorgeous and I love that these are savory. I’m totally making these tomorrow. Love the photos too. This whole post is the essence of spring 🙂

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Amanda. I hope you enjoy the biscuits! I am so happy to see signs of spring! Picking and chopping fresh herbs is one of my favorite ways to savor the season. Hope you are having a great weekend!

  8. chef mimi

    beautiful photos! great biscuit recipe!

    • Jenny

      Thank you so much!

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