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How to make biscuits with oil

Updated February 21, 2017

If you're worried about the amount of solid fats in your diet, but you love biscuits, don't worry. Deliciously light and fluffy biscuits can be made easily with oil instead of butter or vegetable shortening. You can feel better about your diet and still enjoy a perfect biscuit.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 230 degrees C (450F).

  2. Sift the flour and measure it very carefully into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and baking powder to the sifted flour and and sift it again.

  3. Stir the milk and oil into the dry ingredients and mix until the liquids are completely incorporated into the dry ingredients. You should be able to work the dough with your hands, so add a bit more flour if it's too sticky or a bit more milk if it's too dry.

  4. Place the biscuit dough on a lightly floured surface and knead it quickly about ten times. Roll or pat the dough until it's about 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) thick and cut it into circles with a floured biscuit cutter.

  5. Put the biscuits on an ungreased baking tray. If you want crispy biscuits, place them about 2.5 cm (1 inch) apart. For softer biscuits, place them closer together.

  6. Tip

    Any standard biscuit recipe can be made with oil instead of shortening or other solid fats. Simply substitute oil for shortening measure for measure, and decrease the amount of milk slightly. If the dough is too thick, add additional milk a little at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.

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Things You'll Need

  • 500 ml (2 cups) sifted all-purpose flour
  • 4 ml (3/4 tsp) salt
  • 15ml (3 tsp) baking powder
  • 75 ml (1/3 cup) vegetable oil
  • 150 ml (2/3 cup) whole milk

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