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Lemon-Thyme Biscuits

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 15
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A refreshing blend of citrus and herbs in a buttery biscuit.
by: Girl vs Dough
Updated Nov 18, 2014
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  • 2 cups Gold Medal™ unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal (or whole flaxseeds ground in a food processor)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, plus more for sprinkling
  • 4 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • 2
    In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, flaxseed meal, salt, lemon zest and thyme.
  • 3
    Replace whisk attachment with paddle attachment and, while on low speed, slowly add butter cubes. Increase speed to medium and mix until butter is in pea-size pieces.
  • 4
    Slowly stir in buttermilk until dough just comes together, then knead a half-dozen times in your hands or in the bowl, careful not to overwork the dough.
  • 5
    On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/2-inch thickness.
  • 6
    Using a biscuit cutter (or the lip of a cup, like I do), cut out round biscuits and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Roll out scraps and cut more biscuits.
  • 7
    Brush each biscuit with water and sprinkle with thyme and salt.
  • 8
    Bake biscuits about 12 to 15 minutes, or until a light golden brown. Serve warm.

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More About This Recipe

  • I can’t say enough about biscuits. I love them.

    I tend to brainstorm a new biscuit recipe at least three times a month, and at least one of those ideas always comes to fruition (clearly, this is a girl who never gets sick of biscuits).

    This recipe for Lemon-Thyme Biscuits is one of my favorites. It’s the perfect biscuit for summertime breakfasts and high teas (if that’s something you do) with the flavors of bright, citrusy lemon and refreshing, herby thyme. Combined with the quintessential butter pockets found in biscuits, it’s a delicious treat that won’t weigh you down in these warm, active months.

    The thing about biscuits is, despite their simplicity, they really are an art form. It does take some practice to get that perfect flaky crust, and I still don’t get it right every time. The main thing to remember is to not overwork the dough, and to try to keep those cubes of butter as cold and clumped together as possible. That way, when you bite into a biscuit, you get those surprise butter pockets that I mentioned above. Buttery bliss, that’s what that is.

    I’ve enjoyed these on their own, alongside a refreshing soup for a light dinner, and spackled with lemon curd or a pat of extra butter (you can never have too much butter on a biscuit). In less than an hour, you can have these yummy, aromatic biscuits on your table without even breaking a sweat. And that’s after using the oven on a hot summer day!

    Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!
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