Back in the breakfast swing of things
Published 10:46 pm Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I’m back on breakfast and my favorite thing to do – baking.
Since I have a little more time to myself these mornings, I can do some quick baking that pleases everyone.
Here’s an idea using a simple biscuit recipe for the next time you have a little time in the morning or even for a late breakfast on the weekends.
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You can even invite that friend over you’ve been meaning to spend a little more time with, make a pot of good coffee and eat these wonderful breakfast treats.
Cinnamon Biscuits with cream cheese icing
For the biscuits:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbs. Baking powder
3 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
half cup of raisins (optional)
quarter cup butter flavored vegetable shortening (chilled)
two-thirds to three-quarters cup half and half
Heat the oven to 500 degrees. Combine all the dry ingredients. Cut the shortening with a pastry blender – or the old fashioned fork, which I use – until the lumps are the size of peas or it looks kind of like damp sand. Blend in just enough half and half with a fork until dough leaves the sides of the bowl.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Kneed gently two or three times. Roll out dough to half-inch thick.
Cut using a biscuit or round cookie cutter. Place on baking sheet one inch apart for crispy side or almost touching for softer sides.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cover with icing while hot. Makes about 12 2-inch biscuits.
For the cream cheese icing:
4 oz. or half an 8 oz. container of cream cheese (softened)
4 tbs of margarine (softened)
8 oz. or half a box of powdered sugar
1 tbs of vanilla extract
1 tbs of milk
Blend all ingredients together in a mixer on medium until smooth.
You can also take the biscuit recipe and omit the raisins, cinnamon and sugar and add three-quarter cups of shredded cheese and three-quarter cups of cooked and cooled sausage for a savory biscuit.
You can even substitute buttermilk for the half and half. When you pull these out of the oven, brush them with a little melted butter. Enjoy!
Until next time, have fun in the kitchen, experiment and indulge your cravings!
Laura Clements is the pastry chef at Napoleon’s.