I have a cheddar bay biscuit mix made by Red Lobster. On the instructions, it says not to overmix the grated cheese, water, and biscuit dough, but it says to mix it. What does that mean? How do I know how much mixing is too much?

I did read the other questions that have to do with overmixing. But they mostly concern muffins, and I'm not sure if it is the same with biscuits.

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Mixing strengthens the gluten structure in recipes that use wheat flours. In breads, for example, this is a good thing, as that structure is what allows gasses to be trapped inside, and provides the pleasant chew that we associate with a well-made loaf. However, when making biscuits (or other baked goods where a softer, more crumbly texture is desired...pancakes also come to mind), it is advised to mix ingredients until just incorporated (or...don't over mix). This is so that you don't develop the gluten structure in your dough. So, just mix gently and minimally until the ingredients are well-dispersed.


It will be easiest, I think, to mix the cheese and the flour together before adding the water. Then stir the water in with a fork just until the moisture is absorbed. You may need to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula to get the last bits of flour/cheese mixed in. It may also be best to use a drop dough technique instead of rolling and cutting (but of course that is entirely up to you).

  • Looking at how it's named, is the drop dough technique where you take a spoonful of the mixture and drop it? Why would the two different ways differ from each other? Commented Dec 23, 2018 at 20:48
  • Rolling and cutting the dough affects it's texture. It's fine with a dough that has a large amount of butter in it because the butter is incorporated in such a way that it creates flakey layers. But your recipe calls for less handling. So, the drop method will be a better alternative.
    – elbrant
    Commented Dec 24, 2018 at 13:38

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