This past weekend when we went apple picking, along with the ten pounds of apples and apple cider that we purchased, I picked up a jar of pumpkin butter. I couldn’t wait to smear some on a big slice of bread. But you know me and my obsession of anything pumpkin flavored; I wasn’t satisfied spreading the pumpkin butter on a plain piece of toast. I thought back to the Sweet Potato Biscuits that I made last fall and it finally hit me-pumpkin biscuits! I needed to make some pumpkin biscuits to go along with my pumpkin butter! One bite into these pumpkin biscuits and I fell in love.
Let me tell you, it took a lot of self-control to not eat more than one! These tender, flaky Pumpkin Buttermilk Biscuits are wonderful for an autumn breakfast or even for Thanksgiving dinner! The pumpkin puree gives these biscuits a beautiful golden color and moist crumb, making them an amazing alternative to the boring dinner roll. Bet you can’t eat just one!
These tender, flaky Pumpkin Buttermilk Biscuits are wonderful for an autumn breakfast.
Yield: 10 biscuits
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
5 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons honey
Preheat oven to 400° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper..
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Add the butter and toss with a fork to coat with the flour mixture. Mix on medium-low speed until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with the butter pieces no larger than small peas. Cover and chill 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, pumpkin and honey until well blended. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times, gradually adding additional flour as needed. With floured hands, press or pat dough into a 1/2-inch-thick 9 x 5 inch rectangle. Sprinkle top of dough with additional flour. Fold dough over onto itself in 3 sections, starting with 1 short end. (Fold dough rectangle as if folding a letter-size piece of paper.) Repeat entire process 1 more time, beginning with pressing into a 1/2-inch-thick 9 x 5 inch rectangle.
Press or pat dough to 3/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 3-inch round cutter. Place biscuits, 1 inch apart, on prepared baking sheet.
Bake at 400° for 13-15 minutes or until golden. Remove from baking sheet and cool 2 minutes on wire racks. Serve warm.
Source: adapted from Cooking Light, November 2008
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