When it comes to afternoon snacks, a plate with dainty pastries and a cup of tea will never get old. If you are preparing a tea party for your little girl or yourself and friends, my homemade biscuits recipe (without an oven) will be your best assistant.
What do you know about biscuits?
It will be very rare for you to find someone who says no a biscuit, for they have so many variations that they can meet every standard. From the ingredients (wheat flour or oats) and the flavorings (sugar, honey, or salt), to the toppings (cream or jam), biscuits have made their way to our childhood in countless ways. (1)
Where is it from?
The first treat that resembles our biscuits were found in the Neolithic era, although we don’t have any clear detail about how it looked or tasted. Its name has a Latin root: ‘panis biscotus’ means twice-cooked bread. As the name suggested, the biscuit was basically bread baked twice for a crispy texture. As a result, it is drier than bread, thus travelers and soldiers usually carry it along on their journey.
England welcomed the word and broadened its meaning in the 14th century. The original meaning remains, but new forms also took over, specifically related to pancakes. Until the 20th century, homemade biscuits were a favorite dessert by the end of a meal.
As the price of ingredients and the access to them became much more affordable, biscuits mingled with the trend as well, yet it was not the only reason behind its increasing reputation. The cooking methods also changed, and who could stop people from making their favorite biscuits at home?
You can easily spot these variations in any cookbook for desserts: cracknels with intricate forms, rice cakes breaking the limit for the normal wheat flour, macaroons with cream and nuts, and gingerbread being the signature treat of Germany.
As mentioned, it became a bomb in the 19th century. Regardless of the social status, everyone could sit down and enjoy several biscuits after a satisfying meal aside from the good old ice cream, nuts, or fruit.
Nowadays, many home cooks can bake the most delicious biscuits at home and find joy in the process after hardworking hours. I love to have them as a snack or part of an afternoon party. The crunchy yet tender texture melts right on my tongue with the perfectly balanced flavours of thick butter and bitter cocoa.
Homemade Biscuits RecipePrint
Homemade Biscuits Without Oven | Crispy Biscuits Easy Recipe
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 1 hr
- Category: Biscuits
- Method: Cooking
For this biscuit recipe with two layers of different flavors, you will need to gather these ingredients:
- 100ml cooking oil
- 100g powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 175g flour
- 25g cocoa powder
Step 1: Prepare the batter
- Mix cooking oil with powdered sugar and whisk slightly until they form a tender paste. It wouldn’t be a thick mixture, so don’t worry about it!
- Blend the paste with the egg before adding salt and baking powder. Don’t overmix your ingredients!
- Sift the all-purpose flour into the bowl and stir the mixture with a rubber spatula, which will help the supplies blend without being handled too roughly.
- On a clean surface, lay the batter ball and turn it over and over to have the ingredients distributed and mixed well.
Step 2: Shape and bake
- Divide the batter into 2 parts, one of them will be mixed with cocoa powder. Don’t hesitate to knead the brown dough! It’s indeed sticky, but sticky enough to remain a doughy ball and not make a mess on your platform.
- Wrap the two batters in wax paper and flatten them with your rolling pin.
- Place the chocolate sheet on top and roll the batter up into a roll.
- Cut the roll into thinner slices. The slices shouldn’t be thicker than 5mm.
- Put the raw biscuits on a metal plate. I simply turn my pot upside down and arrange the pieces on the bottom.
- We will use a larger pot as an alternative for the oven. Let your homemade biscuits batch cook on low heat for about half an hour.
- Let the biscuits cool down before serving them with your favorite tea.
- Frozen butter. Cold isn’t enough. Freeze your butter in advance and use a box grater on it – that’s how your homemade biscuits get the flakes.
- Sifting is important. Never mix your dry ingredients without sifting them. The sieve will eliminate bigger particles and make your batter smoother. Same with the butter, many people like their supplies frozen.
- Well technique. Always use the well technique when mixing wet ingredients in the doughy mixture.
- Weather. On hot and dry days, reduce the flour a bit, and add more on humid days.
- Be quick. Don’t let your batter wait for too long. Also, when you shape the biscuits, use a sharp cutter with enough strength to cut through without moving your wrist too much.
- Flour your hands when you knead the dough if the stickiness makes you uneasy!
- Preheat the oven to have the baking powder activated immediately.
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I wasn’t kidding when I said we would make these homemade biscuits in less than an hour, and that was everything I have to share with you about this no-oven recipe! If you have questions or want more tips to shine like a star in the kitchen, simply leave a comment and subscribe to my channel. I have a lot of delectable dishes such as Cream Buns, Meringue Cookies, or Banana Chocolate Chip Cakes.