These savory pumpkin biscuits have a pleasant flavor and texture, and it's a great way to use up extra pumpkin puree.
Serve them warm with butter or a flavored butter. They're great with preserves or spread with apple butter or maple butter. These biscuits are wonderful with a hearty fall stew or chili or serve them with beans.
- 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, about 11 ounces
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- dash cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons cold butter
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- Heat oven to 400 F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- In a food processor, combine the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar. Pulse a few times to blend thoroughly.
- If you do this by hand, make sure the brown sugar is broken down and mixed into the flour mixture thoroughly, or use granulated sugar instead.
- Cut the butter into small pieces and lay on the flour mixture. Pulse about 7 or 8 times, or until the butter is well incorporated. Or, work in with a pastry blender or fingers. The crumbs should look like coarse meal. The tiny bits of butter create the flakiness in the baked biscuits.
- In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin puree and buttermilk.
- In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and pumpkin mixture, mixing just until moistened.
- Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 3 or 4 times, just until the dough is smooth. Pat out into a circle about 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick and cut out with biscuit cutters.
- Arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 11 to 14 minutes, or until the bottoms of the biscuits have browned.
Makes 12 to 16 biscuits, depending on size.
- If your brown sugar is a bit lumpy, force it through a wire mesh sieve to ensure a smooth mixture.
- For the lightest, fluffiest biscuits, handle the dough as little as possible. Knead just enough to bring the dough together. Over working will break the butter down and diminish the flaky pockets.
- After cutting the biscuits out, gather the scraps and gently put them together to cut out more biscuits. Because of the extra handling, the very last few of the cut-out biscuits may be tougher than the first batch.
- Replace one cup of the flour with whole wheat flour for extra texture and nutritive value.
- Put the butter in the freezer at least 20 minutes before you begin to make the biscuits.
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