Monday, February 14, 2011

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

 Slightly adapted from The Country Cook.

Happy Valentines Day, to all my friends, family and bloggers! If you know me you know that The Farming Hubby and I really don't do much for Valentine's Day. Oh don't get me wrong, we have in the past, but nothing super special to write home about. In fact there's only really one V-Day that sticks in my head... You want to hear the story now huh? Well good, because I'm in a sharing mood. ha! 

It was 5 years ago, and we were just dating at the time (long distance, we got engaged less than a month later though). I was still living at home, and I was working very late that night. The coffee shop I used to work for did a special sitting for a fancy dinner that night, well 2 sittings actually. And I worked all day, got home I believe after midnight... Anyway, not much time to even talk to my man on what's supposed to be the most romantic night of the year and yes I was kinda sad. I called my Mom as I was headed home, and because I hadn't eaten anything I asked her to make me a pop tart (back in the days before I really had to pay attention to every bite I took!) so that I could just eat and crash. Well I get home, and as always put the car in the garage and went into the house. After sharing with my mom about my day and devouring my pop tart, I went to go call my man before completely crashing. Well I get him on the phone and he's acting all weird (not entirely unusual but... haha! Love you babe!), finally he asks me if there's a box at my door, well naturally being in my room and being EXHAUSTED I look out my bedroom door. Ha! I'm such a dork, anyway back to the story. So after some searching I go discover a box at the front door, which no one had seen because we never used that door. And it was a Pajama Gram, these cute little Pj's, with some bath stuff, all for me! Now I know he had NO way of guessing that I wouldn't find it til after midnight, but for me that special treat being there just brightened my whole day. I can't honestly say how much he remembers about that night, and I'm not always great at remembering details, but that is the only Valentines Day that I really remember. 

Ok now you may be wondering why I felt the need to share this with you, for me eating breakfast for dinner on Valentines Day just seems appropriate after that first meaningful one of me eating Pop Tarts. And when I saw my wonderful friend The Country Cook post this recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits, I knew I HAD to make these for our Valentines Day Breakfast Dinner. I did change a few things, and not because they needed it as The Country Cooks recipes are definitely great on their own, but as usual because of what I had in my pantry and I wanted to make little hearts for my man! I hope you'll check out her site as well, she is doing some great things over there. And because I can't help myself I can tell you that these are simply amazing! The Farming Tot and Hubby both really like these, (though the tot does call them cookies and eats the frosting off first. haha!) I hope you'll try these for your sweetie. And I wish you a very Happy, and Love Filled Valentines Day!

For the Biscuits:
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup vegetable shortening
2/3 cup raisins, I used Golden Raisins
1 cup buttermilk

For the glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons. milk
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon*
Red Food Gel *Optional*

Preheat oven to 450F degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Cut in vegetable shortening using a pastry blender or a fork until mixture is crumbly.  Stir in raisins and buttermilk, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened, I found I ended up needing to use my hands to really mix it well. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it a few times.
Roll dough to about ¾ inch thickness and cut with a 3-inch biscuit cutter or a mini biscuit cutter or in my case with a small or medium sized Heart shaped cookie cutter, and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes for medium biscuits and for about 6-8 minutes for mini biscuits, until slightly golden and still soft. I used to lower cook time, and these biscuits are soft and flaky.
Now for the glaze, combine powdered sugar, milk, vegetable oil, cinnamon and red food coloring in a small bowl. Stir until completely mixed. Drizzle over hot biscuits or dip the tops of the biscuits in the glaze. I dipped mine, and did a white drizzle on top of some for a little decoration. If you want to serve these warm, you can reheat in the microwave for about 5 seconds.

We have really been enjoying these as a snack since I made them Saturday, and I have to say they are really great warmed, with some vanilla or butter pecan ice cream on the side... Yum! They're also great with a cup of coffee. I know they will be a great Valentines Day treat for you and your loves too! 5 Stars. 

 Happy Valentines Day from The Farmers Wife

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