Saturday, March 6, 2010
March 5th is arguably one of the three most important dates in our family. It is my husband's birthday. We like to celebrate big around our house, but unless my husband's birthday happens to fall on a weekend we usually do not get to make him a special birthday breakfast. You see on a typical day he leaves the house by 5:30am, and no matter how much we love him we are not getting up that early to make him breakfast. And by we, I really mean me. So, imagine how excited I was when I realized that even though his birthday was on a weekday this year, I happened to have scheduled our son's allergy testing appointment for later that morning so he would be home for breakfast.
I wanted this meal to be something that was a special treat, but I also needed it to be fast and easy to make. I did not want to slave away in the kitchen all morning, or even have to do prep in the days leading up to his birthday. While burning up a few extra minutes one afternoon I came across a recipe for the perfect combination of special, yet quick and easy. Say hello to Sweet Cinnamon Biscuits!
The recipe that I followed did not call for raisins and nuts but I wanted to at least do half that way since I am a raisin and nut lover, hence the photo with half of the dough and cinnamon/sugar mixture with walnuts and raisins. Waaaaay back in the day, say back in junior high home economics class, I learned a little trick for cutting your cinnamon rolls without squishing them. What is that trick, you ask? Dental floss. Yes, you heard right, dental floss. Tear yourself off a piece of dental floss, slide it under the rolled up log of dough to about where you want to make the cut, wrap it around the dough and pull the strings and you have a nice clean cut edge. Works like a charm every time. Enjoy!
Sweet Cinnamon Biscuits
Source: C Mom Cook
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
about 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar (I did half white sugar and half brown sugar)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9 inch round baking pan lightly.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and mix well. Stir in vegetable oil. Add buttermilk and stir just until blended.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Roll dough into a 15 x 8 rectangle. Spread butter over the dough.
Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well. Sprinkle over butter. Roll up rectangle, jelly roll fashion, starting from one long side. Pinch seam to seal.
Cut the roll into 1-1/2 inch slices. Arrange the slices, cut side up, in prepared baking pan. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes.