Friday, December 10, 2010

#reverb10 - Make: Cream Biscuits (aka Scones Your Way)

What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
 Gretchen Rubin)

I LOVE to make stuff. Doesn't really matter what the medium, but I really enjoy 'messy' and hands on. The question is now what will I write about for this prompt...all kinds of wonderful come to mind...altering my ATG, file cabinet make over, food, food, food, home decor, sewing know I'm making Christmas gifts...

The last few prompts have been thoughtful and the next few seem to be more of the same, so I decided to take a bit of a mental break and go with in super simple, super adaptable & super yummy!

I've been blessed with women in my life that love to cook and coming from an Italian family, every blessed family event begins and ends with food. Most often, simple, tried and true recipes are the most loved.

Like this one.

Cream Biscuits.
(so...if I said I'd email you the cream biscuit recipe earlier this week (ahem...last month, sometime this year...and you haven't gotten it...uh...please accept my apologies for the lateness of this delivery!)

The basic recipe is rich, tender and not too sweet (even with the glaze!) We have made cream biscuits using chocolate chips + vanilla, pumpkin + cinnamon, blueberry + nutmeg. We've also cut them out with round, scalloped and star shaped cutters. I'm thinking (chopped) cranberries + orange glaze are next!

Here you go...

2 cups of flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups whipping cream (heavy cream)

1 tsp vanilla (or other flavorings)
3/4 - 1 cup dry add-ins (flavored chips, nuts, chopped candy...)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Mix in any add-ins.
Mix in cream (and vanilla, if using), until the dough cleans the bowl.

Turn out onto a floured area and knead several times. Pat into a 10 inch circle and cut into triangles. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 11-13 minutes.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp whipping cream

Mix together. Drizzle or dunk the biscuits!

Now these other versions are really the basic recipe with a few tweaks...

2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup pumpkin
1 cup whipping cream

Biscuits with Fruit (we've used blueberries, so far...)
We used 1 cup of frozen blueberries, dusted them with flour and folded them in after the cream.

These biscuits taste divine! I've found that the basic recipe is very tender and the edges are lightly crisped, if you eat them right out of the oven (is there any other way?!) Store them loosely covered, if needed.

Not every batch I have made have come out picture perfect...those lovely stars above became shooting stars in the hot oven!

Thanks for stopping by today! I've enjoyed sharing this recipe (and eating the props!) If you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment or send an email! If you try the recipe, come back and let me know what you think!

Happy baking and have a great weekend!


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