Tuesday, April 20, 2010

TWD—Sweet Cream Biscuits (My Way)—Sing it!

Oh I made the biscuits, never you mind that.  Great lil’ biscuits this week chosen by Melissa of Love at First Bite

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With half the dough I made 8 or so of these lil’ guys with my 1 1/2 inch cutter.  They were perfect for making everyone taste them with dinner.  We had breakfast for dinner (Monday), eggs, sausage and biscuits with some fresh strawberries and grapes.  I warmed the biscuits a bit, put butter on them and let the boys pick between apricot preserves and some cherry preserves I had.  They were light and flaky and way too easy to just keep eating.  Half the boys liked them and half didn’t care to eat them.  Kevin is not big on having bread with a meal and especially doesn’t care for butter and jam.  (His loss.  I know that’s almost as bad as his dislike for cake and frosting!  Poor me.  Or should I say fatter-because-of-it me?)

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Perfect biscuits, I’d have to say and I do love that the dough doesn’t have butter or shortening.

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The end.

 

NOT!  You may be wondering what I did with the other half of the dough???  Of course I played around!  After going straight-laced with the Swedish Visiting Cake last week, I really felt like changing things up a bit around here.  While making the biscuit dough, I noticed it is very similar to my favorite scones recipe, which of course, I’ve gotten the recipe for from none other than Chef Paige at one of her fabulous cooking classes I’ve taken.  Paige’s scones have more sugar (1/4 cup), so just to go halfsies, I put in two tablespoons of sugar in these biscuits instead of two teaspoons called for in the biscuit recipe.  Dorie suggested using cake flour for some of the flour and that is what I did, since I always have cake flour on hand for my favorite chocolate chip cookies.  Since ya’ll know I couldn’t dare go two weeks without adding chocolate to a TWD recipe, I took that half of dough (each half was 10 oz. of dough) and I added a good tablespoon of mini chocolate chips, as well as about 1/8 cup toasted chopped pecans and 1/8 cup toffee bits.  I carefully folded these things in to the dough and tried not to handle it too much.  I rolled it out and cut out 8 nice lil’ scones, brushed them with cream and sprinkled some turbinado sugar on top.  Baked them for 12 minutes.   Oh, I thought about going fruity, but I just couldn’t do it.  Have you ever tried toffee in your scones?  Ya gotta, I’m just saying.  See--

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Doesn’t quite do it for you?  How about this?

We’re moving.  That means, I need to clean out our fridge, by like, next week.  I found a little container, only about 1/4 cup, of some homemade caramel.  I have no idea what recipe it was from or even really how long it’s been there.  But I warmed it up just a bit in the microwave and took just a little tiny taste to see if it was still good.  (It looked fine, I would not have tasted it if there was green fuzz on it or anything! ;)

The caramel is really good.  So I thought I’d try a little on a scone (or two). I did not eat all this-at once.

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“Enough Katrina, enough, yer killin’ me”.  I know, I hear ya.  But it doesn’t stop here.  These ARE sweet cream biscuits, right?  Had to try them with a little “sweet cream”.

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Okay, it’s fat free vanilla ice cream, but still…

Heavenly!  And it’s a good thing I went jogging this morning!  Sigh!

Thank you, Melissa, for picking a fun one for me this week.  You can find the recipe for Dorie’s Sweet Cream Biscuits on Melissa’s blog.  You can get the recipe for Paige’s scones here.  (You can add any mix-ins to the scones you would like.  I’m hankering to try some citrus zest, dried cranberries or apricots and some kind of nuts.  Mmmm.)

35 comments:

Lisa said...

I just love how you're so creative and come up with new ways to improve on the recipe and make it even more decadent. Love your blog.

mike said...

I think they're both (or is that all 3?) wonderful biscuits! And a great way to use up leftover caramel! I also used some natural sugar - and thought these biscuits were fantastic - they rose so nicely! Good luck on the move - and nice job on getting your "variation groove" back!

♥peachkins♥ said...

it looks like my fave chocolate chip scone!


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chocolatechic said...

Oh my dear!

You are brilliant!

Cristine said...

Oh wow.... you just raised the bar! Yum!!!

Anna said...

Hey, I made biscuits too! I haven't posted the recipe yet, but I did it without having any idea there was a TWD event. I'm on a biscuit kick so I'll try these next.

Leslie said...

You ARE killing me with those scones and caramel! I'm going to make this recipe again and follow your lead because I seriously love a good scone.

Lauryn said...

Holy amazingness!! Those sweet biscuits look like the most incredible biscuit ever ever ever!! Yum! I am drooling!! Its not ever 10:00 am and I want one now!

Chrissy said...

You amaze me!!! Looks divine. We are excited for your move out here and would love to see you once you guys are settled!

Kayte said...

OMW you know how to take things over the top...each and everyone stellar! I declare you the winner this week on the TWD ones...they are perfect, absolutely perfect!

sarahe said...

your biscuits look great, and the scones are to die for!

Maria said...

I've made Dorie's scones before. Love them. But that caramel, WOW!

Amanda said...

Umm OMG? That's amazing looking with that caramel!!

Melissa said...

Oh, stop!! First you have perfect looking biscuits, then you show us the scones, then you drown them in caramel, and then you add ice cream! It's too much! I must go replicate now. :-) Thanks for baking my selection this week!

steph said...

The chocolate chip scone and ice cream looks to die for!

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Awesome! Especially with the chocolate and ice cream... :)

Clivia said...

Those are beautiful. Will you adopt me?

Anne said...

Wow, the scones are killing me. Yum!

Karen said...

WOW! I think the scones look fantastic! :) Nice job!

noble pig said...

I want those biscuits, YUM!!

Claire said...

Wow and wow! Both of those look great and those biscuits look PERFECT!!! A flaky biscuit is so hard to make homemade!

jillbert said...

Your scone version looks fantastic!

Thanks so much for the NYC tips. I think I need to add some chocolate chip cookies to my itinerary!

Cathy said...

You've outdone yourself again, Katrina (how do you keep doing that?) Suddenly my plain old breakfast biscuits are seeming a little boring. I now have visions of caramel, and vanilla ice cream, and scones dancing in my head for the next go-round!

Kim said...

Your biscuits look wonderful but I'm drooling over the scones. Yummy.

Shandy said...

YUM! What a fantastic experimenting session you had with this biscuit dough. Leftover caramel? Toffee? LOVE IT! Gorgeous photos too!

Mimi said...

Of course, I'll take the scones. Perfect looking biscuits.
Mimi

spike. said...

the different versions look great- can't wait to see what you do with the cookies for next week!

Michelle said...

Yum. It never occured to me to "sweeten" the biscuits. Can't wait to try it.

Tracey said...

You are such a superstar! I don't know how you do it all, especially with the kids. I can barely make the recipe as written and you always have such fantastic variations! Everything looks fabulous. I didn't have much luck with my biscuits but I'm going to try them again, and when I do, maybe I'll make a few scones too :)

vibi said...

WOW! you never cease to amaze me... I mean, I couldn't go wrong by voting for those super fluffy, super high biscuits this week! You win... yeah! yeah... once again! LOL

Kerstin said...

That picture with the caramel is making me drool! Great idea with the scone concept :)

bakingwiththeboys said...

Oh my. chocolate, caramel, ice cream??? That is too much (ok, not really).

good luck with the move. I think we might take our house off the market at the end of this month for awhile. It is wearing us out!

Jacque said...

Oh my, the torture of reading your posts! Everything looks fantastic and makes me start craving baked goods.

I do love the idea of adding choco and toffee to these. Great idea.

Pamela said...

Wow! Seriously?? I do not have any idea how I missed seeing this post last week. I'm a bit behind in the TWD blog reading. Fantastic!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Hahaha you are the chocolate queen!!