Having eaten the curds, on to the whey: baking biscuits

Following my adventure in cheese-making last week, the salty mound of curds disappeared within an evening. The whey, however, was still sitting in my refrigerator in a glass jar yesterday when I went to rummage around for lunch.

Wondering what on earth to do with the liquid (which appeared on the basis of smell, sight, and taste exactly the same as that floating atop an unstirred yogurt), I turned to Google. The first several hits weren't much help: a little Miss Muffet reference, a note to body builders that it is excellent in power smoothies, and a recipe for a slow simmer soup that would take hours.

But halfway down the page I found it: a simple recipe for whey drop biscuits. It sounded too easy to be true—and a little too low-fat, also. Undeterred, I doubled the butter, swapped the white flour for wheat, and began mixing. One shattered mixing bowl, an oven fire, and a few burnt biscuit tops later, I managed to pull one perfectly golden dozen out of the oven unscathed. I swept up the pieces, turned off the gas, and fed a charred treat to my ever-hungry black lab. As for the dozen that made it through the mishaps—the whey lent them a tangy flavor and the added butter a superb flaky texture—making my lunch certainly worth the blunders.


Makes 20 drop biscuits

In a large mixing bowl, combine: 5 cups whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 2 teaspoons salt. Cut in 2 sticks butter and work in using fingertips. Add 2 cups whey and knead lightly. The dough should be moist and sticky; add flour if needed. Drop biscuits with a spoon onto 2 baking sheets; cook at 450 for 7-10 minutes or until golden on top.


Anonymous said...

these look delicious! my only question is: where can you find whey if you haven't already been through the cheese-making process? i have to get my hands on some before i can make these delicious biscuits!

Elspeth Pierson said...

i haven't seen liquid whey for sale at a local grocer before, but i will keep my eyes out. in the meantime, there are two other options: 1) make the cheese to spread atop the biscuits (i'd say the process only takes about 20 minutes excluding the drying) or 2) buy powdered whey, which is available at almost any grocery store and can be mixed with water (like powdered milk) to stand in as a whey substitute. that being said, i'm willing to bet that like powdered milk, it's not nearly as good as the real stuff.


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