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Coconut Kefir Buttermilk Biscuits
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A twist on the traditional, these biscuits are tender on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside. With rich flavor from the tangy kefir, nutty whole wheat flour and hint of coconut, these biscuits are so delicious you might just skip the butter (although with a little strawberry rhubarb jam - wow!). Your guests will rave, but never guess the secret ingredients.

Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 10 minutes active, 20 minutes total

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour ("white" wheat)
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, cold
  • 3/4 cup plain kefir (a bit more if added moisture is needed)

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Sift together first 5 ingredients. Roughly cut in coconut oil with a pastry cutter or two knives until you have pea size lumps. Add kefir and gently stir with a fork, until just combined and dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl (do NOT over mix or biscuits will be tough).

Gently pat or roll dough to 3/4 thick, cut with a sharp biscuit cutter and arrange about 1" apart on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Only roll once to avoid toughening dough - any scraps may be arranged on the baking sheet to enjoy as snacks (because believe me, you WILL want to snack on them). Instead of rolling, you may also individually gently shape the biscuits with your hands to about the same thickness for a more casual look.

Bake on the middle rack about 10 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown on the outside and tender on the inside. Enjoy!

Makes approx 6 large or 12 smaller biscuits.

Recipe submitted by Lydia, Salem, VA

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can plain yogurt be used instead of kefir?
# Posted By charlotte | 6/24/10 7:53 AM
If it was diluted to the consistency of kefir, then yes. But then you might as well just make regular buttermilk biscuits. To take out the kefir would be like taking the chocolate out of a brownie recipe. Might as well just make blondies.
# Posted By Sarah | 6/25/10 10:23 AM
Oooh, these look incredible! I am so gonna make them with So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir! Thank you!
# Posted By Gina | 6/26/10 11:19 AM
Is this made with kefir or So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir? I just want to make sure before I go out and buy the stuff to make it. Thanks!
# Posted By Jessica | 6/26/10 3:26 PM
Jessica: The recipe just calls for "kefir", meaning the traditional kefir. Hope you like the recipe!
# Posted By Sarah | 6/28/10 11:44 AM
These look absolutely amazing! Yummies! I am in the south and haven't had a good "buttermilk" bisquit in AGES. I am dying to try these - I'm sure they are dense with flavor and moise. Thanks Tropical Traditions for posting such goodies!
# Posted By Carolyn | 7/5/10 11:01 AM
# Posted By CHARLENE SUMMERVILLE | 2/8/12 7:55 PM
How can I make these GF?
# Posted By Rachel | 8/20/13 5:55 PM
These sound like our Aussie scones!!! Light mixing, same ingredients, very hot oven, softly tender inside... love em, but GF now :(
Your cookies have been our biscuits- crisp, crunchy, chewy...
Our patty-cakes have suddenly become cup-cakes, with media saturation!
Just sayin...
# Posted By Joan W | 8/20/13 7:27 PM

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