After taking a hike with two of our children yesterday, we decided to cook as a family last night. Having seen a show recently that featured chicken-friend steak, we were craving that as our main course. With the Southern theme beginning, we chose to accompany the steak with homemade onion rings, wilted spinach, and biscuits.
While the guys were busy making the onion rings, my 10 year old daughter and I worked on making biscuits. Although biscuits can be delicious when made plain, I prefer to add some flavors to mine. I have made cheddar biscuits and sweet potato biscuits. For this meal, I wanted something with a bit of sweetness. Cinnamon was deemed to be the best addition.
Working together, we measured, mixed, rolled, and cut our biscuit dough. While not as simple as purchasing biscuits, these baked goods were ready in 30 minutes, from start to finished product. These biscuits were excellent served warm from the oven, split in half, and topped with butter and/or honey. Also, as the kids noted, the leftovers made an excellent breakfast the next morning.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 Tb. sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 6 Tb. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 Tb. skim milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tb. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 450 F.
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1 Tb. sugar, and 1 tsp. cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add butter pieces and mix with a pastry blender until the butter pieces are the size of grains of rice. Add the buttermilk, and stir to combine.
- Place dough on a lightly floured surface, and finish combining by kneading. Pat or roll dough into a square that is approximately 11″ x 11″ and is 3/4″ thick.
- Using a floured 3-inch round cutter or glass to make biscuits. Place biscuits on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
- Gather scraps into a ball, pat dough into another square, and cut more biscuits. Repeat process until all dough has been used.
- Brush skim milk on tops of biscuits. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1 Tb. cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle on top of biscuits. (Remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture can be saved in a sealed container.)
- Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove biscuits from cookie sheet, and place on cooling rack.
- Makes 14 biscuits.