Sometimes recipe names crack me up. I love Bon Appetit as much as the next food-loving dude, but seriously…
Take a biscuit, cut it in half, fill it with stuff and write about it in January.
It is no longer a normal biscuit, but a winter shortcake. How sexy does that sound?!
I changed a few things from the original Raisin Shortcakes recipe that won the poll last week, but have no doubt. If you make a real homemade biscuit and serve it with fresh whipped cream and jam, it’s pretty hard to go wrong.
1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine first six dry ingredients well.
2) Cube cold butter and use fingers to cut butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles a coarse meal.
3) Add buttermilk and stir until everything is just combined. The dough should be in pieces.
4) Stir in raisins and orange zest.
5) Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it a few times. Then roll it out into about a 6x9 rectangle.
6) Cut cakes into 9 even pieces.
7) Transfer cakes to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush each one with buttermilk and sprinkle with raw sugar.
8) Bake for 14-15 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. When cooked, remove and let cool slightly before serving.
9) Meanwhile, whisk cold cream in a large bowl until it holds peaks. Optionally, flavor the cream with a pinch of sugar and some vanilla.
10) Serve cakes split open with cream and jam.
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit January 2013.
The biscuit mix that Bon Appetit listed in the recipe is a bit different than my standard biscuit mix. It has a tad bit extra sugar and also some whole wheat flour which gives the final biscuits a slightly different flavor.
I really loved it.
To start the biscuits (or shortcakes) just stir together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Cube the cold butter and use your fingers to grind it into the flour until it is in a coarse meal.
You could use a food processor for this, but I always just use my fingers.
Then stir your buttermilk into the bowl and you’ll be left with a really loose dough. It should be kind of in pieces but if you press on the dough, it will stick together.
The original recipe called for dried figs which I couldn’t find. So, I just tossed in some golden raisins which added some extra sweetness and texture to the biscuits.
Orange zest is essential also. Don’t skimp on it. I used the zest from a whole orange.
Stir those things into the dough and then it’s ready to go!
Making the Biscuits
Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it a few times. Then roll it into about a 6×9 rectangle and then chop the dough into 9 biscuits.
I don’t use a fancy biscuit cutter most of the time for my dough. I just go with square biscuits because it’s easiest.
Brush the biscuits with buttermilk and sprinkle them with raw sugar and then bake them for 14-15 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
The resulting biscuits will be really flakey but have lots of flavor thanks to those great add-ins.
You could honestly just serve the biscuits straight out of the oven. They are great, but Bon Appetit is definitely right that with some jam and cream, they become a whole new thing.
I whisked my cream together with a pinch of sugar and a few drops of vanilla. I whisk by hand these days and can do it in under a minute.
Then just make little jam-cream sandwich things.
Biscuit? Cake? Winter? Summer?
I really don’t care what you call these, but they are worth making.
As with any biscuit, these are best right away and don’t keep the best. Even a day later they aren’t great, but if you do want to reheat them later, do so in the oven, not the microwave. They will get really soggy in the microwave.