Sunday, January 28, 2018

Welcome Guest Author Edith Maxwell with Maple Curry Biscuits and a Giveaway!



Click to learn more...

I’m delighted to be back on Mystery Lovers Kitchen! Biscuits and Slashed Browns, my fourth Country Store Mystery (written by my alter-ego, Maddie Day), releases on Tuesday. It takes place during the Maple Festival in Brown County, Indiana, and there’s a breakfast cook-off in chef Robbie Jordan’s country store restaurant, Pans ‘N Pancakes. 

Robbie dreamed up Maple Curry Biscuits for her entry. They didn’t win first prize in the contest, but Robbie’s customers don’t care. You’ll love the way the spices give special warmth when you eat these biscuits.

I’ll give away a copy of the book to one commenter here today, so you can read all about the cook-off yourself.

Congrats the winner of Edith's new mystery: Sandy G.!





Maple Curry Biscuits

Makes a dozen.

Preheat oven to 450. 
(With inspiration from the Tassajara Bread Book)


Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour, plus extra for kneading
1 cup unbleached white flour (or use all whole wheat)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
A dash to 1/8 teaspoon cayenne or hot chili pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter cut in half-inch cubes
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup real maple syrup, plus 2 tablespoons (Option: if you like a sweeter biscuit, omit the milk and use 1/2 cup maple syrup)

Directions

Mix the dry ingredients. Cut butter into the flour mix until mostly pea-sized pieces.



Make a well in the middle and add the eggs, 1/4 cup syrup, and milk, mixing with a fork in the well. Stir all with a fork until liquid and cheese are just blended with the flour. Do not overmix.



Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface and on the dough. Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto the surface, rubbing flour around the inside of the bowl until clean, incorporating flour and crumbs into the dough. Lightly knead it until it comes together. 



Roll the dough to a half-inch thickness. Fold in thirds. Roll, fold, and repeat several times. 






Cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter or drinking glass and position on a baking sheet. You don’t need more than half an inch in between. 


Brush tops with maple syrup.



Bake for about ten minutes or until risen and golden brown on top.




Readers: 

What’s your favorite kind of biscuit? Where do you incorporate curry powder in your own cuisine? 




Edith Maxwell/Maddie Day

Agatha- and Macavity-nominated author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she writes the popular Country Store Mysteries and the new Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. She is president of Sisters in Crime New England and lives north of Boston with her beau, two elderly cats, and an impressive array of garden statuary. She blogs at WickedCozyAuthors.com, KillerCharacters.com, and midnightwriters.blogspot.com. Read about all her personalities and her work at edithmaxwell.com 



Biscuits and Slashed Browns:
A Country Store Mystery


For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late winter in South Lick, Indiana—until murder saps the life out of the celebration. Robbie drops her maple-curry biscuits to crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky and murderous trap.


Thanks to Edith (Maddie) for visiting the Kitchen today!

Leave a comment to be entered 
in her drawing for her delightful new Country Store Mystery: Biscuits and Slashed Browns.

Congrats the winner of 

Edith's new mystery: Sandy G.!



76 comments:

  1. Welcome, Edith! Great, delicious recipe and awesome-sounding book. Please don't hate me, but I don't have enough personal taste experience with biscuits or curry to properly form an opinion on them. EMS591@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love the creative title. As for biscuits, they've always been my nemesis. They didn't turn out well for me when I made them in 4-H and similar results when I tried to make them in Home Ec. I usually make the canned variety. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! Sorry about your nemesis. Dianne.

      Delete
  3. This looks like a lot of fun. Going directly on my TBR list!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Nice post. Book on my list. But do hope this means I get to read it sooner. Will definitely be giving these a try. Read the recipe to my daughter-in-law she's excited about giving it a try. We use curry powder as an all purpose seasoning. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Then you'll love these biscuits, Della.

      Delete
  5. I love biscuits - way too much. Don't eat many of them. However, what a unique combination of flavors - maple and curry. For me, biscuits are just great with any kind of breakfast or the dough cut up to make dumplings for 'chicken and dumplings'. I use curry powder now and then, especially in vegetable or chicken type recipes. It's an acquired taste and our son-in-law can't handle it, so I have to be careful and remember who will be eating it. LOL

    Good luck with the new book!

    ReplyDelete
  6. One of my favorite covers and titles.
    browninggloria at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Gloria. Kensington does a great job with my covers.

      Delete
  7. I don’t eat biscuits very often and I’ve only had plain ones with butter or jam. I like this series.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sandy - By now you know that you have won Edith's book giveaway. Congrats to you and thanks to Edith for being our guest this week at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen!

      Delete
  8. I love the 7-up biscuits, their taste is awesome. Their so simple to make and the whole family loves them..the book looks just like something I'd love to read..terrysaunders29@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've never heard of those, Terry. Off to look them up!

      Delete
  9. This is on my TBR list and can't wait to read it! brichardson0056(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  10. This book looks great. Pretty cat. Although I love looking at recipes, I'm not a great cook, so my biscuits come from a tube and I've never tried curry.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I am looking foreward to reading your book. I like the sound of the biscuits but no longer bake as I cant stand long. The mix of maple and curry sounds interesting. Hope to win and thanks for the chance.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I am intrigued by your recipe. Have always had plain biscuits with sausage gravy or butter and jam/honey. We tend to use curry powder for chicken curry.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  13. My biscuits usually start frozen, maybe I'll give this recipe a try. I add curry powder to deviled eggs and chicken salad.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It sounds intriguing and we'll need to try making them. This is a wonderful series.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
  15. I have never tried using Curry in any recipes before. I have to admit I have never made biscuits from scratch before. Either tube or Bisquick mix. But these do sound like an interesting taste combination . Thanks for the chance. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  16. I just use curry with chicken currently but I really like the flavor. I just make the easy Bisquik biscuits but maybe I can try the curry. suefoster109 at gmail dot com.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love biscuits of all kinds. Curry isn't a spice I enjoy for the most part. Love this series & can't wait to read this one. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for being such a devoted fan, Doward.

      Delete
  18. Buttermilk biscuits are my favorite. I guess that maple syrup makes yours extra special. Thanks for the recipe.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think you could adapt buttermilk biscuits to incorporate maple, Linda.

      Delete
  19. Hi Edith/Maddie, I do enjoy your books and own a few of them. Sorry to say thou neither of the two different county systems I have access to have the new book in stock or one order. I own the previous one in the series and the only way I'm getting a copy is by being gifted with one, stealing one or winning one in a giveaway. Being on S.S. really sucks.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you can request your library to acquire a copy, Nora!

      Delete
  20. Congratulations on this release, Edith. I'm totally looking forward to reading this book as soon as I can order it. Had to wait until Christmas invoices were paid to get myself more books!!! I love anything maple so this book is the perfect "flavor" for me
    Best of everything to a fellow MA resident!!!

    Sincerely
    Cynthia B.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Congratulations! This book sounds unique. The biscuits look so enticing and appetizing. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  22. Your biscuits look so delectable and the flavor tasty. Biscuits are always delightful especially during the winter. Thanks for your great book giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  23. These biscuits sound delicious! I must try that flavor combination.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  24. I would have never thought to put maple and curry together but since biscuits are one of my favorite food groups (yes, all on their own!), I will give them a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe and looking forward to reading the book!
    Heather Mack - heddlr1@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  25. My mother made Hungarian biscuits-pogacsa-quite good though no specific flavorings needed - may need to make some myself but usually do not have biscuits unless at Cracker Barrel - would be lovely to find a new mystery book to read in between my other mystery writers

    ReplyDelete
  26. Maple syrup? Oh yes!
    Curry? Again, yes!
    Biscuits? Yes, indeed!
    A trifecta of goodness!

    A question--You say, "Stir all with a fork until liquid and cheese are just blended with the flour."
    What cheese are you talking about?

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Two biscuit tips
      1-Use frozen butter and grate it into the flour
      2-Use a sharp edged cutter. You get a better rise from the biscuits. A water glass (with its thicker edge) works, but they don't rise as well.

      Delete
  27. Always love finding a new cozy author! Congratulations on your fourth book in the series!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Traveler - thanks!

    Petite - I agree about biscuits in the winter.

    Sue - enjoy!

    Ava - I'd love to try some Hungarian biscuits.

    Libby - good catch! I adapted this recipe from a previous cheesy biscuit recipe. Yes, frozen butter keeps the fat nice and cold. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  29. I'll admit that as a 'married into' Virginian, I never mastered biscuits. And then I discovered food sensitivities that don't allow them, anyway. Now curry - I use that in cold chicken salad and warm cauliflower soup!

    ReplyDelete
  30. I have this book in my lis..anxiously waiting to read it. Would be neat to win �� The biscuits sound yummy...I love biscuits and gravy ❤️

    ReplyDelete
  31. I love biscuits of all kinds, but have never tried curry ones.I use curry in my chicken salad. I enjoy reading cozy mysteries. Have not yet read one of yours
    6186pep(at)msn(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  32. Wow, great combination for a biscuit. I have never met a biscuit that I didn't like. As for curry, we cook with Indian, Thai and Japanese curry. I love to put curry in a sauce that I use for meatballs: catsup, honey, soy sauce and salt free curry. Thank you for this opportunity. robsnest60 (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  33. Maple+curry+biscuits+mystery= wonderful! I usually make drop biscuits because they are easier, but angel biscuits like the ones in the school cafeteria are the best. I like to sneak at least a little bit of curry into many things like stir fries, scrambled eggs, and rice.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Thanks got this recipe! I've never used curry! I'm not a great cook. I do have a buttermilk biscuit recipe that's easy and pretty mistake proof that I got reading a book by another favorite author of mine, Susan Albert-Wittig and her gardeng club ladies during the depression.I have arthritis and kneading bread has become painful to do.This recipe is a no-knead one that is awesome , especially with raw honey. A rolling pin I can do,so this recipe is next! Thanks again!

    ReplyDelete
  35. I like the regular baking powder biscuits. I'm not a fan of curry, so I don't cook with it.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  36. This recipe sounds fantastic. I have used curry in only a few recipes that had originally called for the spice. I have not ventured off to try it in anything new. I'm glad to have found your books. I live in Montana, but grew up in Cedar Lake, Indiana, just about 200 north of Brown County. Can't wait to read Biscuits and Slashed Browns.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Robin, Candice, Darlene, Robsnest, Cheryl, Dianne, and Diane - fellow Hoosier!

      Delete
  37. I love cinnamon biscuits, blueberry biscuits, and buttermilk biscuits. My favorite breakfast has biscuits and gravy.
    I have recently tried Indian food and like some of it! Curry chicken being one dish.
    I love this series and can not wait to read this one!
    Thanks!
    MarshaMysteryreader(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  38. Welcome Edith! Those biscuits sound amazing. I'm originally from the South, and I love me a good biscuit! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :-) booknerdcat@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  39. Yum! These biscuits look amazing, and I like the way that you can tweak the recipe a bit. Thanks, Edith (and Robbie) for sharing with us! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  40. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  41. I would love to be a judge for a breakfast cook-off. These biscuits look yummy. I think buttermilk biscuits may be my favorite.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  42. I make biscuits quite often. I like making them from scratch, but I secretly love the Bisquick ones I grew up on. This does sound like a unique combination of tastes. Would love to read the book also. bobntoni@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  43. My favorite is cheddar jalapeno biscuits. I use curry in my soups and chicken dishes.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  44. I love just about any kind of biscuit! Cheese added, onions, olives, you name it!! Not sure about curry. Has always been on the edge of my comfort zone. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

    ReplyDelete
  45. I like plain ol biscuits dripping with butter and jam. Still working on getting them fluffy though. Last week I mixed curry with some mayo and added leftover chicken and raisins. A very tasty lunch! traceyr1984@msn.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Marsha, Cat, Celia, Jane, Toni, Taurus, Kay, and Tracey! Cheddar jalapeno sounds fabulous...

      Delete
  46. Love biscuits with butter and honey! So very good! I don’t use curry. Little too spicy for me. Lived in S.E.Asia for many years but never really liked it.
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  47. My favorite is garlic cheddar biscuits. I have made curried chicken in the past, but my husband isn't a fan, so it has been awhile.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Buttery biscuits are the best. And I decided I should never try curry again, it just doesn't work for me. Now books always work for me!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

    ReplyDelete
  49. Very happy to learn of a new-to-me author and more series. I just read a page from Flipped for Murder and I want to read more. My favorite biscuits are Angel Biscuits but I haven't really met a biscuit that I didn't like (unless it's hard as a rock, LOL). I use curry quite a lot. We like Chicken Tikka, Butter Chicken, Coconut Curry Soup, Indian Quinoa bake, sauteed cabbage with curry and sauteed potatoes with curry & turmeric. Your biscuit flavors sound lovely and I'm going to give that a go. Thank you for the recipe and the giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  50. These biscuits look yummy! I like any kind of biscuit - as long as it is gluten free. I don't use curry, but after seeing this recipe, I may try it! Thanks for the giveaway! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  51. Thanks, Faith, Debbie, Elaine, KarenLana, and Lori! I like the sound of garlic cheddar. ;^)

    ReplyDelete
  52. Baking is not one of my skills. Luckily, I have a mother-in-law who loves to bake! Thanks for the opportunity. cheers at MarjimManor dot com

    ReplyDelete
  53. A big thank you to Edith Maxwell (aka Maddie Day) for being our guest this week at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen.

    Congrats to the winner of Edith's contest. Sandy G. has won a copy of Edith's terrific new Country Store Mystery: Biscuits and Slashed Browns. Enjoy it, Sandy! And thanks to everyone for your comments!

    ReplyDelete