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Recipe: Lemon-lime soda biscuits

Posted August 7, 2014

A simple four-ingredient recipe for lemon-lime soda biscuits has been popping up in my Facebook feed the last couple of weeks.

The Pinterest popular recipe boasts just four ingredients - Bisquick, sour cream, butter and lemon-lime soda such as 7 Up, Sprite or Sierra Mist. I was intrigued, especially since my house of non-soda drinkers was stuck with a two liter bottle of Sierra Mist (long story).

But the recipe did have one other ingredient that I don't usually have on hand - Bisquick. For a variety of reasons, but mostly because I like to make things from scratch and find it's cheaper to do so, I don't get Bisquick anymore. Instead, I use a homemade version of the baking mix, which I find is a lot tastier.

Still, I got a little lazy and wondered if somebody else out there hadn't turned this semi-homemade recipe into a fully homemade one. Thankfully, Sprinkled with Flour had done the math for me, working out the correct quantities of flour and other ingredients to come up with the right amount of homemade Bisquick for the recipe. She used 7 Up, but I found that bottle of Sierra Mist did just fine as well.

I did substitute butter for the vegetable shortening in the original recipe. Because butter has less fat than shortening, I added a bit more butter to the recipe. 

Actually, I should say my nine-year-old added a bit more butter. She made these biscuits on her own from start to finish, allowing her little sister to pour in the soda.

Lemon-Lime Soda Biscuits
Adapted from Sprinkled with Flour

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter, diced
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup lemon-lime soda (The original recipe says it should be at room temperature, but mine came out straight from the refrigerator)
1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Melt the 1/4 cup butter in a round cake pan or nine-inch baking pan. You can just put the pan with the butter in the oven while it's preheating.

Mix together the dry ingredients. Cut in the butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Add in the sour cream, then the soda. Mix it until it's just combined. You don't want to handle the dough too much. 

Put some flour on a cutting board or table. Gently shape the dough into a ball and then, again, gently, flatten it out. Cut out eight to nine biscuits.

Place the biscuits in the pan with the melted butter. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Serve hot. 

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  • Emily Blanchard Aug 16, 2014
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  • Sarah Hall Aug 11, 2014
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    @EDBLANCHARDS ... you can find various recipes online. I've used this one:

    Super easy!


  • Emily Blanchard Aug 11, 2014
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    Would you mind sharing your homemade bisquick recipe? I live to cook from scratch too but that's something we haven't given up yet!!

  • Erica Allison-Mayberry Aug 8, 2014
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    Plan on trying this recipe! Thanks for the share!