Old Fashioned Baking Powder Biscuits

Here is another one of my favorite “quick breads” – probably the quickest.! You can whip these up in 20 minutes flat – 10 minutes to make the dough and 10 minutes to bake them. Their tenderness and flakiness depends on how little you handle the dough. Too much handling can toughen them. These biscuits are just as good and lighter than scones. If you split them you can fill them practically with any filling. This is a handy recipe to have around. Continue reading

Louisa May Alcott’s Apple Slump

This was a dessert loved so much by Alcott , author of “Little Women”, that she nicknamed her home (Orchard House) “Apple Slump”. My version is an updated recipe of an early American steamed apple dessert. It may seem like a crumble or cobbler but the topping is actually biscuit batter. The early American version was actually cooked on top of the stove with the biscuit batter steamed by the bubbling apples. Here it’s baked in the oven with a sprinkling of pecans which gives it a crispier topping. Continue reading

Easy Pumpkin Sticky Buns

These Easy Pumpkin Sticky Buns can be made in a snap if you have that tube of ready-roll croissants on hand. Just unroll, pinch together the triangles and reroll again with the pumpkin filling. Slice and bake on top of the caramel sauce. When baked, flip them over and you have delicious topping on top of everything. Couldn’t be easier than that! Continue reading

Dubliner Cheese Biscuits

I got this Dubliner Cheese Biscuit recipe off the back of a package of Kerrygold Irish butter (milk from grass fed cows) when I went back home to Minnesota last November for Thanksgiving. These light and flaky biscuits were a welcome addition to the Thanksgiving table. The original version called for chopped walnuts and dried sage which I omitted here but can be added if you desire a richer version. Any mild and firm cheddar can be used too. Here in Italy I used a medium aged Pecorino cheese which worked well. If there are any left over the next day these biscuits are great for breakfast too, toasted and spread with any good jam. Continue reading