Pumpkin Week continues! I had a big dinner planned last night but we got a little sidetracked with car shopping. We’re thinking about trading in our current car for a more rugged, mountain beast, maybe a truck? Jeep Wrangler? We’ll see. Or maybe we should get a Subaru…then we’d really fit in. Oh wait, we’re moving to Colorado not Portland..hmm we’ll see.
Anyway, I started part of our dinner this morning: pumpkin biscuits! I won’t give away what the main dish is but I knew the biscuits would be a little time intensive so I made them this morning.
I don’t have a lot of experience with breads, biscuits, or anything else that involves kneading or rising so this was kind of a new experience. I almost made scones but I’m not quite ready for those. Usually, I feel the need to tweak recipes, but this time around I didn’t want to risk it so I followed this recipe to a T!
First, I combined the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Next, I “cut in” the butter. Since I don’t have my stand mixer, I used a fork and knife to literally cut in the butter. It was a little tedious, but I think it worked well enough. I cut the butter in smaller pieces first, then added it to the flour and cut down more.
It should look a little crumbly after cutting in the butter, so don’t worry if it’s not perfectly mixed.
Then I stuck the flour mixture in the fridge and refrigerated it for about 10 minutes.
I didn’t have buttermilk, so I combined 1 tbsp. of white vinegar with 1 cup of milk and let sit for 5 minutes, this works well as a buttermilk sub. Once the milk was ready, I used the amount in the recipe (1/3 cup) and combined it with the honey. After it was well mixed, I added the pumpkin.
Now the real work started! I got my stations ready: pumpkin, flour mix, and extra bowl of flour to add in when kneading. I made a hole in the middle of the flour mixture and added the pumpkin. I kneaded the dough in the flour bowl and added in a pinch of flour 3 times throughout the kneading. The dough is pretty sticky so it was definitely easier to knead it in the bowl instead of on a cutting board.
I eyeballed the amount of dough for each biscuit and ended up with 11 biscuits. I placed them on a greased sheet (you can use parchment paper too) and cooked them at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.
They turned out great! I just kept an eye on them since my oven tends to get really hot, but no burns here!
I had to control myself and not eat too many..they’re for dinner tonight, not snacking!
Nothin’ like warm biscuits with melted butter…mmm.
So apparently it’s not technically fall yet, I guess I’m a little ahead of myself with all the pumpkin chatter. Friday is technically the first day of fall. We leave Saturday for Colorado!
Happy Hump Day everyone!