Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Blues

It's Sunday again. It seems like we spend so long in anticipation of the weekend and it goes by in the blink of an eye. Ah well, such is life.
I didn't really do any cooking today because Sunday is usually my husband's day to make his chili. Sunday+football+chili=what could be better? We didn't have the usual today, but my husband still made dinner. This morning though, I did decide to try to make cinnamon biscuits with icing. I have a "base" biscuit recipe that I have tweaked here and there depending on what we are having with them. I have added shredded cheddar to them before and got a similar biscuit to those at Red Lobster. Yum!
Made-from-scratch Sunday Morning Biscuits (better than canned cinnamon rolls!!) makes 12
  Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. I started by cutting up 3/4 cup butter into a bowl and pouring 1 1/4 cup milk into a liquid measuring cup so that both would come to room temperature by the time I was ready for them. Then into a mixing bowl, I combined 3 cups of flour, 1 Tbsp baking powder, 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, and 3/4 tsp cream of tartar. I then tossed the butter with several teaspoons of cinnamon. Then added the cinnamon butter into the bowl of dry ingredients and used two butter knives (or a pastry blender would be awesome) to cut the butter into the flour until I had coarse crumbs. Then pour in the milk and stir with a fork until moistened. (For these kind of drop biscuits, I like to put them in my muffin pans but they are also good when baked on a greased cookie sheet.) Using cooking spray, grease the muffin pans then evenly divide the dough among the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 10 minutes until they start turning a nice golden color; the peaks may start browning before the rest of the biscuit turns golden, in which case they are still done when the peaks brown.
While the biscuits were baking, I made the icing. The only part I measured out was the butter and this purely coincidental. So, 2 Tbsp butter mixed with a bit of half & half (or milk) then add as much powdered sugar til the desired consistency is reached. (I believe I had a few tablespoons in mine.) Feel free to add a dash of vanilla extract, as I did, or another flavor just to give them the extra "uumph".
Once the biscuits are done and have been removed from the oven, turn them out onto either a plate or a cooling rack and drizzle the icing on top. Enjoy!

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