Yup. I made it up. Biscones...
You can't decide can you? I'm either brilliantly creative or a great big dork. And while I have no intention of conducting any kind of poll here to take your votes either way, I just bet most of you are wishing right now that you had thought of it first.
I made some yummy Buttermilk Biscuits at the farm over the weekend and this morning I woke up wishing that Weegie hadn't eaten all of the leftovers. Well, in his defense I may have eaten all the leftovers, but he's a dog and easy to blame.
He also broke The Chief's power washer.
Anyway, I wanted something "bready" for breakfast and not granola and yogurt or sprouts or fruit or mostly not anything that had any kind of positive nutritional value.
I wanted something tasty.
So I made some Cherry-Almond Biscones. (Where is that darn little trademark symbol key thingie on this keyboard anyway??) A combination of all that is good about a biscuit (fast, comforting, crumbly) and a scone (sweet and a little prissy).
Who can resist a little snooty downhome-ness?
I cleaned out my pantry yesterday and noticed I had three or twelve bottles of red and white sprinkles because I physically cannot not buy them when I see them in the store. Occasionally The Chief will make some strong managerial-type comment about the overabundance of superfluous sprinkles in my pantry and then for the next day or two I sprinkle them on everything (like his tacos) and that shuts him up pretty quick.
I thought that something scone-y and biscuit-y would be the perfect place to ditch a few sprinkles and I figured at the same time I would throw in some almonds and dried cherries and make it look kind of Valentine-ish because it's never too early around here to get the word out about the fast-approaching "Love Holiday". The Chief has been highly distracted with some major offshore thingamajiggy and it's possible he MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN SPENDING MUCH TIME THINKING ABOUT WHAT HE'S GOING TO BUY ME.
Or remember who I am.
So anything helps.
Cherry Almond Biscones
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 c. vegetable shortening and 1/4 c.butter chilled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 tsp.almond extract
- 1/2 c. chopped dried cherries
- 1/2 c. sliced almonds, toasted
In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients together with a fork. Cut in the shortening and butter using a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add buttermilk, almond extract, cherries, and almonds. Quickly fold dry ingredients into wet mixture with your hands until a sticky dough forms.
Turn dough out onto floured surface. Gently fold the dough over itself 3 or 4 times to create layers. Roll dough out to 3/4-inch thick. Cut with a 3-inch biscuit cutter. (I used a heart) Transfer dough to a sheet pan. Gather scraps and repeat. Make a dimple in the center to help the top rise evenly. Brush with butter. Sprinkle with sprinkles!! Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated 400 degree oven until golden brown.
Hope you like them!!!!