Showing posts with label biscuits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label biscuits. Show all posts

Saturday, March 25, 2017

MAGICAL LITTLE BISCUITS #recipe #mystery @AbbottMysteries

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This little recipe is so much fun to make and so surprisingly easy,  we had to share it.   It is, as they say, ‘all over the internet’ but it was found on a scrap of paper clipped (possibly) from our local paper, which has an excellent cooking feature on Wednesdays. We felt like some biscuits and we always have these ingredients on hand. There are other versions about with cream that involve having ingredients of equal weight. That recipe seems to come from King Arthur flour, so should be reliable. We plan to try those as well, because everything seems better when you can have fresh biscuits.

You will notice that this calls for self-raising flour. You probably know that self-raising already contains the baking soda and salt and makes for a softer biscuit.  We decided to add chives to our two ingredients because we are crazy about chopped chives these days.  Next time, it might be something different.



But now TA DA!  


TWO INGREDIENT BISCUITS (plus chives makes three)

For seven to eight biscuits

Preheat oven to 400 F.

1 level cup self-raising flour.
1 level cup 5 % fat (or higher) plain Greek-style yogurt
1/8 cup fresh chives, chopped (or fresh herbs of your choice)
We think you could substitute a bit of cayenne or whatever suits!  Don’t substitute low or no fat yogurt though because then you get heavy little lumps. Just sayin’.
You can easily make more or fewer biscuits. It’s just equal parts and presto!

 

Directions

We think it was faster to make them than to type directions. So there!
Mix flour and yogurt until it forms a ball.  


 Work in chives or whatever add-ins you’ve chosen.  



 This has taken about a minute!
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Using a ¼ cup measure per biscuit. Scoop up, smooth out biscuit a bit and place biscuit on parchment paper-lined pan.  



PRESTO!


Bake for about 20 minutes or until tops are golden brown.  



These best eaten warm, but we can attest they’re fine the next day after twenty seconds in the microwave paired with a nice piece of cheese.
Wasn’t that easy?  We can’t wait to try the cream version. Someone just needs to get the scale down from the top shelf.





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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Leek Pepper Biscuits #recipe for Thanksgiving @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: Happy run-up days to Thanksgiving, Mystery Lovers Kitchen friends! It's so interesting that my fellow bloggers are posting nontraditional Thanksgiving recipe suggestions, rather than old standbys. 

My recipe for leek and pepper biscuits falls somewhere in the middle. I know I have raved to you in the past about the fabulous bakery in Guilford, Connecticut called 4 and 20 Blackbirds. Among many other fabulous treats, they make special biscuits every Friday. You have to call in advance if you want any number of them, and I've done that many times. They are special enough for any holiday, including the baby shower I threw for our daughter last spring. (They made a smaller size for the tea sandwiches I had in mind.)

But what to do when I'm not in Connecticut? Mourn the absence of those biscuits at my table… But then, I heard that the lead two bakers had been interviewed by a local paper and that they'd been willing to provide the recipe for their leeks biscuits to the world. Hooray!

So that's what I'm sharing with you, tweaked of course for a lower sodium diet. And I should warn you, my oven is seriously malfunctioning. I mean seriously, as in turn the knob to warm and the temperature shoots up to 450 within minutes. I did manage to bake the biscuits by turning the oven on and off and watching carefully. They definitely would have been more beautiful without this oddball treatment! 

Ingredients:

2½ cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons baking powder (I used no sodium)
10 tablespoons (5 ounces) chilled unsalted butter, cubed
1/3 cup finely chopped leeks (white and tender green parts only)
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (add more or less, depending on your taste—FOR ME IT WAS MORE)
¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon whole milk 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (HA!)


Add all the dry ingredients to the bowl of your food processor and pulse until combined. Then cut chilled butter into dry ingredients, until a coarse meal texture forms. (Pieces of butter should be no larger than a small pea.) Stir in milk. 

 


Dump the dough onto a piece of parchment paper or a floured surface and knead a few times. Pat the dough into ½-inch thick rectangle. Cut into biscuits of your preferred size. You should have about twelve.




Place on a greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, turning cookie sheet 180 degrees half through baking time. Tops and bottoms should be nicely browned. 


(Lucy's note--I never roll and cut biscuits the traditional way anymore, as the method above is so easy. But if you want round biscuits, use a cookie cutter.) HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We're grateful for you, my friends!


Lucy writes the Key West food critic mysteries.  Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Herbed Biscuits #recipe @LucyBurdette




LUCY BURDETTE: Lots of baked goods have whopping amounts of sodium hidden in them--in the form of baking powder, baking soda, and salt itself. But sodium watchers shouldn't have to give up everything delicious. These easy biscuits spark up any dinner or even breakfast.





Ingredients

2 cups flour (1/2 cup can be cornmeal or whole wheat)
2 teaspoons sugar
4 teaspoons no-sodium baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
2/3 cup fresh herbs, chopped (I used dill and chives but you are the cook!)
2/3 cup milk



Stir the dry ingredients together, then cut in the herbs and the butter until pea-sized. I use my food processor, but you can use a pastry cutter or even two knives, the old fashioned way. 

Stir in the milk until the ingredients are just mixed. Pat or roll the dough out onto a floured counter and cut into biscuit-sized squares. Settle the biscuits on a baking pan lined with parchment to make clean-up easy.


Bake in a 425 oven until just brown.



Then serve with lots of unsalted butter and honey!


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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Cheesy Biscuits with Vegetarian Gravy

Please welcome Maddie Day (who is also known as Edith Maxwell, who has been our guest here before) as she introduces a new series, the Country Store Mysteries. Her recipe makes me hungry just reading it!


What a treat to be back on this delicious blog again! It’s also a treat because I am – I mean, Maddie Day is – launching a new series, the Country Store Mysteries. Robbie Jordan, a chef and carpenter, renovates an old country store in scenic hilly southern Indiana. In the store she opens a breakfast and lunch restaurant called Pans ‘N Pancakes, and she keeps all the vintage cookware that came with the store. Flipped for Murder begins on grand reopening day, and she doesn’t plan to have murder on the menu. But small-town secrets and bitter rivalries put sand in the batter when the mayor’s disagreeable assistant is found dead with one of Robbie’s signature cheesy biscuits in her mouth later that evening.

Biscuits and gravy are a staple in southern Indiana – think Kentucky more than the northern Midwest. Robbie’s new romantic interest, the green-eyed Jim, however, is a vegetarian. She develops a miso-based gravy for him and others of like mind, although she sure doesn’t mind a sausage or a piece of bacon on her own plate.




Cheesy Biscuits

(With thanks to the Tassajara Bread Book for inspiration)
Makes 12

Ingredients:

1 c whole wheat flour, plus extra for kneading
1 c unbleached white flour (I use all whole wheat flour, actually)
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 c butter cut in half-inch cubes
2 eggs
1/2 c milk
1 c grated pepper jack or sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

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 and milk, mixing with a fork in the well.

Add the cheese and stir all with a fork until liquid and cheese are just blended with the flour. Do not over mix.



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.
Lightly knead the dough until it comes together. 

Flour a rolling pin. 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.




Bake for about ten minutes or until risen and golden brown on top. Then deep fry if you want to get really authentic (Robbie doesn’t).

Serve warm with miso or meat gravy, apple butter, or honey.


Miso Gravy

Ingredients:


2 T miso
2 T water
2 T butter
1/4 c flour
3 c vegetable broth
1 T tamari or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 tsp nutritional yeast
1/4 t black pepper
1 T cornstarch

Directions:

Combine the miso in the water and whisk until the miso is dissolved.

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat and whisk in the flour. Add the miso, nutritional yeast, tamari, and pepper. Add half a cup of broth and whisk in, then gradually add the rest.



Stir the cornstarch into half a cup of the gravy and then whisk in. Allow to cook until thickened, stirring frequently.



Serve over biscuits, or on mashed potatoes for your vegetarian Thanksgiving guests.





Agatha-nominated and national best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Local Foods Mysteries and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day), and the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries (as Tace Baker), as well as award-winning short crime fiction. Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can also find her at www.edithmaxwell.com, @edithmaxwell, and on Facebook.





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What a terrific debut! This deliciously clever cozy–set in a deceptively charming little town–is fresh, intelligent and delightful. A winner! -Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author


You’ll flip for this mouth-watering new series. In FLIPPED FOR MURDER, Maddie Day serves up a tasty mystery with a side of scenic country charm. Chef Robbie Jordan is smart, quick-witted, and determined to make her Pans ’n Pancakes café a success. Stir in secrets from the past, a dollop of blackmail, a cast of credible suspects, and a cat named Birdy for a delicious read. The rolling hills of southern Indiana never looked so inviting—or so dangerous. – Leslie Budewitz, two-time Agatha Award winning author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Basil Parmesan Biscuits #recipe @LucyBurdette


LUCY BURDETTE: In my Connecticut town, we have a wonderful independent bookstore named RJ Julia Booksellers. As you can imagine I spend a lot of time there, drawn to it like metal filings to a magnet. This photo shows my book launch party back in July.

In addition to the inside of the store--the shelves and shelves and shelves of fabulous books with smart booksellers to help you figure out what you need, and a cafe at the back where you can have a cup of coffee and a cupcake, they often put reduced price books out on tables in front of the store. I double dare you to pass by without checking them out. A couple of weeks ago I found a Cooking Light book called Everyday Baking. Leafing through, I found each recipe looked better than the last. Maybe I was just hungry. But you know by now how much I love biscuits and bread and cake, and you know that I bought it. 

And this recipe for basil Parmesan biscuits is adapted from that cookbook. I adjusted the amount of salt (up a little) and sugar (down a little).

I made these biscuits in my food processor and they were snap to put together. Though the recipe calls for purple basil (which I used because I found it at the farmers market,) I think you could substitute green as well. Why not? You're the chef!


Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
2/3 cup purple basil, chopped
1/2 cup grated hard Italian cheese, such as Parmesan, Romano etc.
2/3 cup milk
One large egg





Pulse the dry ingredients together. Then pulse the butter into the dry mixture until it resembles crumbs. And the basil and the cheese and pulse that until well mixed. In a measuring cup or bowl, whisk the egg with the milk, add this to the mixture and stir until combined. 

Scrape the batter out onto a floured surface. Kneed lightly then pat the dough into a square, about 1 inch thick. Cut into 16 biscuits. 

Bake at 4:25 for 13 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. Best served piping hot with good butter.
















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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sour Cream Scallion Biscuits #recipe @LucyBurdette







LUCY BURDETTE: These are what I call special occasion biscuits, because they are loaded with butter and sour cream, so you wouldn't want to eat them every day. Not that you'll have the chance, because they are most likely to be snapped up right after you serve them. They are definitely lovely enough to find a place on your holiday table, but could also accompany a hearty soup--and call that dinner!

Ingredients 

1 cup all-purpose flour 
1 cup white whole wheat flour 
1 tablespoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
four scallions, cleaned and chopped 
one half teaspoon sugar 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
6 tablespoons butter 
1 cup sour cream 
1 Tbsp or so of milk as needed
   
Measure the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the chopped scallions and mix well. Cut the butter in with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 

 








Now add the the sour cream and stir lightly until the mixture is moistened and holds together in a shaggy dough. You may need to add a tablespoon of milk, if the mixture is too dry. 



Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times, then shape into a rectangle about one inch thick. 






Cut the dough into squares, to make the size you like. I made 12 biscuits out of this dough. Place them on greased baking sheet with room to grow. Bake at 450 until golden, about nine minutes.








Serve hot with more butter, and honey if you like!  


 




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(PS, we're really excited about the first review: Burdette infuses the mystery with Key West spirit and holiday fun along with delicious food references and recipes. This strong series continues a unique blend of island mayhem and sparkling characters surrounding a layered mystery. )

 Booklist, December 1, 2014