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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Biscuits and More Biscuits...What Else Can I Say?

Today, a friend of mine posted a biscuit recipe on her blog -- Little Wife on the Prairie.  Biscuits.  Yum.  It's "colder than kraut," to quote my Mima, and warm biscuits with butter and strawberry jam were so very appealing.  So...for dinner, I made her Baking Powder Biscuit recipe.  They were so very easy!  I remember my mom making biscuits and it seemed to take forever.  Maybe I was little and so it just seemed like forever.  Who can say?  These, however, went together FAST!  (I know -- my grammar is incorrect, but it works best here!)  Dump it together, stir it up, knead 10 times, roll it out, cut 'em up, bake them, & devour!  Wahoo!

Rachelle's biscuits turned out great, but as I was making them, I got a hankerin' (yes, hankerin', I am from the South after all!) for Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits.  The town I grew up in had a Hardee's, and they have the best Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits.  No, really!  When I was in college, we would go to Hardee's at 2:00 in the morning because that's when the first batch of Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits came out.  They were warm and cinnamon-y and tender.  Such wonderful memories of great times with great friends!  The town I live in now does not have a Hardee's, and I haven't had a Cinnamon Raisin Biscuit in more years than I can remember.  Tonight, after getting Rachelle's biscuits in the oven and experiencing how quickly they went together, I could not wait any longer.

I wasn't exactly sure how to adapt her recipe to make Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits.  So...I hit up Google.  The first recipe that came up looked like a winner -- Classic Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits.  Of course, you know that I "can't leave well enough alone."  :-)  So to get the original recipe, check out the link above...OR you can keep reading, and see how I did it.

2 cups unbleached white flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp granulated honey
3/4 cup butter (That would be 1 1/2 sticks.  Wow!)
1 cup milk
1 cup raisins

2 Tbsp melted butter
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
splash of vanilla
Mix the above ingredients, then add enough water for desired consistency

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2.  Cut butter into flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
3.  Add milk and raisins and "drop" biscuits onto a baking stone.
4.  Bake for 10-13 minutes.
5.  Place biscuits on a cooling rack on a cookie sheet and allow to cool 5-10 minutes.  Drizzle with glaze. 
6.  Allow biscuits to dry for a bit and indulge with a glass of milk, or coffee, or hot chocolate!