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Sour Cream Breakfast Biscuits from One Bowl Baking

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Breakfast is that meal we often skip. And if we are not skipping, then too often we are opening up some cardboard container racing to a quick start to a busy day. Suzen and I avoid the cardboard containers, but we do get a cardboard cup each weekday morning from the Starbucks on our block. According to our FitBit, it is just 100 steps away.

On weekends, though, the nearest Starbucks is 12 miles away. In our weekend retreat, we do have a wonderful espresso machine — which we fuel with Starbucks products. And to eat on weekends? We rarely make a full breakfast: pancakes or waffles or omelet. But a biscuit, simple yet grand, a biscuit is inviting to us both.

From One Bowl Baking comes this recipe for biscuits with a sweet/sour combo. The sweetness is a topping of turbinado sugar. The sour comes from using sour cream, and not milk or buttermilk, for the dairy component.

The resulting biscuit does have a tang, but it is muted and lovely. It pairs well, as you can see, with a dab of butter and your favorite honey. Merely add espresso and you will be delighted. And you won’t miss Starbucks on this particular morning.


Sour Cream Breakfast Biscuits

Yield: about six 3½ inch biscuits

Ingredients:

Biscuit Batter:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 ½ teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces or 85 grams) unsalted butter, cold, cut into Winch pieces
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ¾ cup sour cream

Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Preparation:

Place an oven rack in the upper-middle position. Preheat the oven to 375°.Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

To make the batter, in a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it looks like coarse cornmeal, but is not clumping up. Stir in the yolk and sour cream until completely combined.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1-inch thick. Using a floured 2½-inch round cookie cutter [or drinking glass] to cut out biscuits and place them evenly on the pan. Reroll dough if needed.

To make the topping, brush the tops of the biscuit with the cream and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.

Bake until light golden and just firm, about 20 minutes. Let the biscuits cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

Source: One Bowl Baking by Yvonne Ruperti

Photo Information [bottom shot]: Canon T2i, EFS60mm Macro Lens, F/ 5.6 for1/60thsecondatISO‑1250

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Easter Dinner Ideas [Or Other Spring and Summer Feasts]

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Yes, I know, Easter was last Sunday. But there will be an Easter again, short of a meteor strike. And there are other times during the spring and summer that you may be celebrating. Here is the menu we had on Sunday. The next few days will see a post with each recipe. Suzen and I spent Easter morning shopping and Easter afternoon in the kitchen. It was a perfect holiday, complete with dinner guests and our table set for this feast.

Menu for a Special Sunday Meal

  • Chipotle and Cheddar Biscuits with Honey Butter
  • Red Pepper Hummus with Toasted Home Made Bread
  • Shoulder of Lamb with Salsa Verde
  • Potato Gratin with Cauliflower and Cheese of Your Choice

Oh, no dessert? Our guests bought a fruit tart and we had some chocolate gelato on hand. I did have in mind a very special chocolate cookie that will appear here soon. Truth is, after four hours in the kitchen, Suzen and I were low on gas. Planning on doing this meal or another feast? Then you want to space out the effort, ideally over 2-3 days. Biscuits and hummus the day before, for example. We all want quality for our dinner parties and that quality quite simply takes a bit of time.

To conclude, about that meteor strike. I was not joking. Today is Earth Day and this evening in Seattle at the incredible Museum of Flight three astronauts will present evidence about the possibility of a major meteor strike that could wipe out a city. Remember that meteor over Siberia last year? That explosion is now calibrated at a half a megaton. Tonight, the presentation will show that the chances of a major disaster are 3 to 10 times more likely than previously thought. New sensor information, originally developed to detect man-made nuclear weapons tests, confirms that we have far more collisions with large objects from space. There are lots and lots of uncharted meteors in the 100-meter range out there. Close encounters are common, actual collisions much more likely than previously thought. More and more of a growing planet population is in urban areas that sprawl. Target creep.

If I were you, I would order up my lamb soon.