Hot Cross Biscuits

19 Apr

I’m not really that superstitious a person. But when I spill salt, I throw some over my left shoulder. Or is it supposed to be your right shoulder?

Anyways.

That’s just one of my little quirks. Because the one time I don’t do it, something bad will happen. We’re all allowed to have our little goofy personality trait that make us unique. I snort when I laugh. I drop things. I melt plastic bags to the coil burners on my stove. I fall down my stairs. I chew on my straw.

I also grate my fingertips while zesting lemons. Whoops.

It’s almost easter. Make hot cross biscuits. They’re very closely related to their cousin hot cross buns, but much easier to make and totally delicious.

I don’t have a round cookie cutter so I used a glass. I also didn’t have currents so I cut up raisins and tossed them with flour so they wouldn’t stick together. Thanks for both tips Mom.

Oh and Mom, if you’re reading this, I’m out of parchmant paper….

Hot Cross Biscuits- makes 8 or 12, depending on thickness of dough

Courtesy of Joy the Baker

For the Biscuits:

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoon granulated sugar

4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes

1 large egg

3/4 cup buttermilk, cold

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1/2 cup dried currants or chopped raisins tossed with flour

For the Frosting:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

dash of vanilla extract

Place racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add lemon zest.  Add cold butter and, using your fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture.  Work quickly to incorporate the butter into the flour.  The butter bits will be the size of small pebbles and oat flakes.

Whisk together egg and buttermilk.

Toss the dried currants into the dry ingredient mixture, and create a small well in the center of the flour and butter mixture.  Pour in the buttermilk, all at once, and use a fork to incorporate the ingredients.  Make sure that all of the flour bits are moistened by the egg and buttermilk.

Dump the shaggy dough onto a lightly floured work surface.  Bring together, kneading lightly, until the dough forms a 1-inch thick disk.  Use a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter to cut biscuit circles.  Place on the baking sheet.  Gently knead the remaining dough scraps together.  Form into a 1-inch thick disk and cut out more round biscuits until no dough remains.

Brush biscuit tops with buttermilk and baker for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned on top and firm-ish in the center.

Remove from the oven and let cool completely before frosting with a cross.

In a medium bowl, using a firm spatula, blend together 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons cream cheese, and 1 cup of powdered sugar.  Add just a dash of vanilla extract and a sprinkle of cinnamon if you’d like.  Mixture will be thick.

Cut a small tip off of a zip lock bag (you can also use a small round cake decorating tip).  Fold down the sides of the bag and scoop the frosting into the bag.  Pipe crosses onto completely cooked biscuits (or just slop it on like I did) and serve.

Biscuits are best served the day they are made, but will last, wrapped at room temperature, for one day.

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2 Responses to “Hot Cross Biscuits”

  1. Naomi April 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    These. Were. Amazing.

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