Afternoon Tea and Pumpkin Biscuits
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Over Labor Day weekend I did some thinking just to get my creative juices flowing and re-think my strategy with everything blog related. Let me tall ya, the long weekend was just what the doctor ordered. It was and still is rainy and cool in Dallas, which was the perfect snuggle down and get things done weather. Yes, I KNOW it's not officially fall yet. I'm 100% aware, but in my opinion, it really does feel like autumn outside. There's just a coolness to the breeze! Anyway, that all got me thinking (I know...a lot of thinking going on) about what I look forward to during fall. I like the crisp leaves, the cool breeze, the sweaters, and of course pumpkin everything. I honestly don't remember the last time I had a PSL though - I'm not a huge squint your eyes and pucker your mouth kind of sweets person. If something is too sweet, it's going to give me a headache. (think rich, chocolatey desserts for me, honestly though I've kind of been turned more savory in the past couple of years!) But also, I'm not really a coffee drinker either. I drank it to be "cool", but in college or "just for the picture with the mermaid label". Buuuut I had a little too much coffee here and there, anddddddd barfed a couple times - no joke! I also drank it when I worked retail just to stay alive (lol). SO that being said I'm pretty much 100% a tea girl now, though I do appreciate good coffee. I always have sips of Nicks pourovers and espressos though. (His favorite shop in Texas is Dichotomy in Waco. His favorite coffee ever is Onyx, which is based in Arkansas, but you can get it in Whole Foods or on Amazon)
Another thing I love about fall are get-togethers. They truly are the best - friends, family, food, I mean do I need to keep going? Anyway, that led me to think about tea and pumpkin scones! I looked at some scone recipes and wasn't really happy with them, so I was like "hmmm what about biscuits?" Do you know what the difference is between scones and biscuits?? I had an idea, but wasn't 100% sure. Scones are basically the British version of American biscuits - they are typically "shorter" which means higher in fat than flour, whereas as an American biscuit is more bread-y. ALSO, scones are usually served with sweets like cream or jam, whereas biscuits are served with more savory dishes, ie biscuits and gravy. So after looking at a ton of scone recipes, I was like yeah...I'm just going to make biscuits. *how American of me*
Biscuits are honestly THE easiest thing to make. They're usually just flour, milk, salt, butter or something along those lines. One of my favorite biscuits to make are Goat Cheese Biscuits by Shauna Niequist from her book Bread and Wine. Because I love them so much, i just decided to adapt her recipe to make some more fall biscuits, that's perfect with tea or coffee, for breakfast or an afternoon snack, or even a dessert!
- 2 Cups of flour (I used 1 C whole wheat and 1 C unbleached white)
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 3 tsp pumpkin spice
- 3/4 cup plain yogurt (I used greek yogurt)
- 1/4 cup + 4 TBS pumpkin puree
- 1-2 TBS maple syrup (I just used 1, but if you want it sweeter, add more!)
- 1 stick of butter (6 TBS for the biscuits, 1.5 TBS for putting on top of the bicuits and .5 TBS for the cast iron skillet)
Directions: Place cast iron skillet in oven, then preheat oven to 425 F. Meanwhile, add all ingredients together until mixed. Next, roll about 1 TBS of dough to make a biscuit and repeat until done. Remove the cast iron skillet and place .5 TBS of butter and let it coat the pan. Next, place each biscuit in the skillet, then heat the remaining 1.5 TB of butter and brush the biscuits with it. Cook for 15 minutes then let cool. Add cinnamon butter if desired and enjoy!
Optional Cinnamon Butter:
You really just make this as you like. Starts small and add until you like it, depending on how much butter you are making. I did 2 TBS butter with 3 TSP cinnamon and 1 TSP of maple syrup, but you do you! You can always add more, you can't take it away, so bit by bit, y'all!
- Maple Syrup
Something I love about these biscuits is that they are small and bite sized, so easy to just pop one on the go or serve as finger food at a party! My favorite time to eat them is after lunch, when I'm having my "afternoon tea". I drink Tazo Zen Green Tea everydayyy and have been for over 5 years now! (I was super sad when Starbucks switched from Tazo to Teavana, because that meant Starbucks no longer carried my must-have tea! I do love their Joy tea they come bring out during the holiday season though.) I'll have to do a post on benefits of tea and my favorite kinds, but for now, I'll leave you with some pumpkin health facts! Pumpkin is high in antioxidants and fiber and can lower blood sugar, in addition to possibly prevent certain cancers! So on that note, you should probably go and make yourself some pumpkin biscuits!! Enjoy!
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