In this brief article, we are going to answer the question ‘How to make biscuits without eggs?’ and explore some alternative options for making biscuits. Usually, baking these delicacies require eggs, but today we shall explore other methods and see why such options are important. Biscuits are flour-based crumbly cakes with a flaky texture, and are also known as scones in the UK.
Why don’t we just stick to traditional baking with eggs?
In general, baking of biscuits requires eggs as one of their main ingredients. Eggs are quite nutritious and a good source of proteins, some vitamins and antioxidants. Eggless baking, however, provides an alternative to those who cannot consume eggs for a variety of reasons.
People who choose vegetarian food options because of their personal choice or religious sentiment can enjoy eggless options of dishes they earlier abstained from. Some people might have allergic reactions to eggs, and they can also indulge in eggless baked products.
Furthermore, eggs are not the best option for everyone, as they are high in cholesterol and not recommended for the vulnerable population who suffer from hypertension, heart diseases or high blood cholesterol. For all these groups, eggless cooking is a blessing, and keeping them in mind eggless recipes started to be developed.
How can we bake eggless biscuits?
- First, mix dry ingredients (all-purpose flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, salt) thoroughly in a large bowl.
- Add sticks of butter to the bowl. The butter should be kept in the freezer for atleast 10-20 minutes before starting with the recipe. Whisk till the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Pour buttermilk into the bowl and start mixing. Use a fork to obtain best results and ensure the ingredients are properly combined. The buttermilk should be chilled.
- Knead this dough together by using hands until the proper consistency is reached.
- As the dough comes together, it must be folded in over itself 4-6 times. This is necessary for creating the flaky texture of freshly baked biscuits.
- Cut out the biscuits in the desired shape. Refrigerate them for 10-30 minutes to ensure their shape is being maintained.
- Arrange the biscuits properly in the baking sheet, keeping them close together. This makes them rise higher as they cling to each other during baking. The oven is preheated to about 450 degrees and biscuits are baked for about 10-12 minutes, by which time they will usually turn golden-brown on top and fragrant.
What additional challenges can we face when baking eggless biscuits?
Normally, eggs are added to impart structure and stability to the batter and help in its thickening. They basically hold the dough together and provide a good texture to the final product.
For eggless baking, we need alternative ingredients that mimic the purpose served by eggs. The combination of such ingredients to bring about eggless baking had been a series of trial and errors, and even with concrete recipes, sometimes one may fail to replicate the exact same product as is brought about by eggs. The number of steps involved in baking also increases when eggs are not used.
Other FAQs about Biscuits that you may be interested in.
In this brief guide we answered the question ‘How to make biscuits without eggs’ and had a look at why such recipes are important. We also found out about a simple recipe for baking eggless biscuits and went over some problems associated with baking without eggs.