Spiced Apple Buttermilk Biscuits

These warm and flaky homemade spiced apple buttermilk biscuits will make the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving morning. Grated apples and warm spices are mixed into the batter to create a autumn-worthy breakfast biscuit. These biscuits are so easy to make and are absolutely amazing topped with some apple butter. To make these biscuits without a stand mixer, whisk dry ingredients in a bowl, then cut in butter with two knives or a pastry blender; gently mix in buttermilk and apples with a fork and continue with directions.

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Spiced Apple Buttermilk Biscuits

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1 Granny Smith apple (peeled and cored)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • pinch teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2  tablespoons melted butter

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a flat beater, stir together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. 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.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, grate apples on large holes of box grater. Add sugar, lemon juice, and salt to the grated apples. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then drain in fine-mesh strainer set over bowl. Press as much liquid from the apples as you can.
  4. Add buttermilk and apples, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  5. 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 3/4-inch-thick rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches). 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 2 more times, beginning with pressing into a 3/4-inch-thick dough rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches).
  6. Press or pat dough to 1/2-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and place on prepared baking sheet. (Dough rounds should touch.)
  7. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter and serve.

Yields: 2 dozen biscuits

Source: inspired by Southern Living Buttermilk Biscuits

8 Responses to “Spiced Apple Buttermilk Biscuits”

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — November 22, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    These sound absolutely wonderful, such a perfect fall breakfast!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — November 22, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    Man do I love a good biscuit. These look awesome.

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    ChgoJohn — November 22, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    I bet your kitchen smells incredible with these in the oven!

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    Stefanie — November 23, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    What an amazing idea! These sound sooo good :) I’m going to have to try these with some of my apples!

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    carlysulli — November 26, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Those biscuits look absolutely perfect! Great job!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — December 1, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    I love biscuits! These look perfect for fall, and sound absolutely delicious!

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    Karla — November 19, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    You mention making biscuits without a stand mixer by using two knives. How exactly does that work? :\

    • Christina replied: — November 20th, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

      Karla,
      Use two knives and literally cut the butter into the flour until you have tiny bits of butter. You can also use a pastry blender if you have one. If you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out for you! :)

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