Green is the New Biscuit.


For the first time since I started writing the blog, I have more posts than I have time to write them. The backlog of ideas is getting bigger and bigger, and I really can’t complain – it’s great to have a wealth of material to draw from! For instance, I recently got the idea in my head that I wanted to make biscuits. I honestly couldn’t remember if I had ever made biscuits from scratch before – we may have in pastry school, but I was drawing a complete blank. I know I’ve made those ones in the cardboard tube, where you twist it and it pops open, exposing tube-shaped dough to be cut into equal parts and baked. But I’m talking from scratch. I started looking up recipes online. I found three that were very similar, and also rather simple, which I liked – that meant this was a good base for plenty of experimenting! I decided to start with this recipe from as a guide, but made a few adjustments and additions (which I’ve included at the end of this post for your baking pleasure) to make it more personal.

a dough like no other.

a dough like no other.

I rolled the dough, and cut it into biscuits with a circle cutter.

a cut above.

a cut above.

I baked them, and shared them with friends.

just grab 'em in the biscuit.

just grab ’em in the biscuit.

As you may have noticed, I also added swirls of green to these biscuits. The day I was making them also just so happened to be St. Patrick’s Day, so I decided to add a little Irish flair to the fun. These really are great for any day of the year though, and as a breakfast, lunch or dinner item. The beauty of biscuits is that they are extremely versatile.

As promised, here’s the recipe. It’s so simple and delicious. you’re going to wonder why you haven’t been baking biscuits all along.

Green Biscuits.

What you’ll need

2 cups flour (sifted)

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup shortening

3/4 cup fat-free half and half

a few drops green food coloring

What you’ll do:

Preheat the oven to 400. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until it reaches a mealy texture.  Stir in the half and half with a fork. As soon all the liquid is mixed in, Add a few drops of green food coloring. Knead the dough about 10 times, until it forms a ball. Do not over-knead – it will become too tough! Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface, about 1/2″ thick. Using a circle cutter, cut dough into biscuits, and place on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Let rest for about 5 minutes, than bake for about 12 – 15 minutes. They’re best when they are warm, but they can always be reheated later on. Makes about 15 – 20 biscuits, depending on the size of the cutter.

Recipe (Super Bowl) Sunday: Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes.

No, I didn’t make a Super Bowl themed dessert. The marketer in me was angry at the rest of me for not taking advantage of this timely social event and making something football-related. The rest of me justified it by saying… “meh.” The Super Bowl just ain’t my scene. Maybe if the Eagles were playing, I’d pay it some attention, but, full disclosure here, I tuned in to watch Madonna, and then went into the kitchen and started baking another un-football-related treat. And now I shall share said treat with you.

For some reason, it seemed like everywhere I went this week, I wound up in a conversation about coffee. A new flavor to try, where to get the best cup, here’s a coffee cheesecake, someone loves coffee ice cream, etc. So, with coffee already on my mind, I figured why not get it on yours, too. What I love most about this recipe, is that it can be made with any type of coffee you desire. I’m a huge fan of the flavored varieties, so I opted for a Creme Brulee coffee. However there are no rules here. Dowhatchalike. :)

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes.

What you’ll need:

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 cups flour

3/4 cups cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3 eggs

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup strongly brewed and cooled coffee

1/2 cup canola oil

2 tsp vanilla

What you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until blended. Add cream, coffee, oil, and vanilla. Slowly fold the dry mixture into the wet mixture until well incorporated. Grease or line muffin tins, and fill evenly with batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes,  or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 18-24 cupcakes.

Vanilla Coffee Frosting.

What you’ll need:

1 cup shortening

2 ½ tablespoons strongly brewed and cooled coffee

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups confectioners sugar

What you’ll do:

Cream together shortening, coffee, and vanilla. Add confectioners sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well after each.

Sprinkle with dark chocolate shavings. Enjoy with your morning….coffee.