Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Sticky Apple Cinnamon Biscuits


Biscuits
2 cup All-purpose flour
2/3 cup Rolled oats
1 tbsp Brown sugar
2 tsp Baking powder
1tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
2 cup Heavy cream (or 1/4 cup unsalted butter + 1 3/4 cup whole milk)
2 Apples, medium size, cut into 1 cm cubes

Filling
6 tbsp Brown sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon

Toppings
1 Apple, medium size, cut into thin slices
1/3 cup Confectioner's sugar
1tsp Vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly greased a 9x9" baking pan or use a silicone mold.

For the filling, combine brown sugar and cinnamon with a fork. Mix well. Take 1-1.5 tbsp of this mixture and sprinkle over the sliced apples; toss to coat. Set aside the remaining sugar mixture aside.

For the biscuit, mix together the flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Break up any clumps of brown sugar.

Make a well with the flour mixture and pour in the heavy cream.

(Alternatively, melt the unsalted butter in the microwave and top the volume up to 2 cups with whole milk. If the butter solidifies again with the addition of the milk, microwave it again for another 30 sec and whisk until there are no clumps. The milk and the butter will separate, so you will need to stir frequently.)

Mix the flour and cream together until just combined. The dough will be wet and sticky; a silicone spoon works best for this step. Fold in the diced apples.

Take about 1/2 of the dough and spread evenly onto baking pan. Sprinkle about 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mixture onto the dough.

Take the remaining dough and drop them by the spoonful on top of the sugar mixture. Gently spread the dough out evening with the spoon without disturbing the cinnamon sugar layer too much.

Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar mixture on the dough and layer the apple slices on top. Bake for 18-20 min. The sticky biscuit should be puffy and the center is just cooked.

Whisk together remaining 1/4 cup cream, confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Drizzle over the biscuits before serving. (If you used the butter/whole milk combo, don't forget to whisk it quickly before adding the sugar and vanilla.)

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My comments:

We took the kids to go apple picking a few weekends ago.  We didn't pick as many as we did last year but we still have too many to eat.  So instead of dumping all the apples in a pot to make applesauce, I decided to take this opportunity to explore some new apple baking recipes.  We have a bunch of Courtlands and Spartans which were delicious to eat but also great for baking, especially the spartans which has tons of flavour.

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I came across this Gooey Cinnamon Biscuits recipe a few weeks ago and I wanted to try it out because I love Love LOVE cinnamon buns.  It is my dream to bake my own cinnamon buns but I'm just too lazy.  So when I saw this easy biscuits recipe with the promised of cinnamon-bun-taste, I was ecstatic!!  Then, a light bulb went off in my head and I thought throwing in a bunch of apples in it would make it even better.  Armed with a handwritten copy of this beloved recipe, I went into the kitchen to bake.

*gasp*  Could it be?!?!  I must have cream somewheres...and cinnamon chips...and I know I have icing sugar!!!

Oh wait!!  I did have cinnamon chips and icing sugar, but they are packed away.  We are moving in a few days and I have been "ordered" to pack as much stuff as I can over the weekend.  I took one look at the cinnamon chips and icing sugar, and tossed them both into a box, sealed it with 10 layers of packing tape, and wrote "FOOD" on the box in big black letters.  Oops!!

Oh, and I never keep cream in the house, so I really don't know what planet I was on when I opened my fridge expecting to find a carton of cream.  Heavy cream, no less!!

Anyway, as I said, I LOVE cinnamon buns and I was determined to make this easy version of "cinnamon bun", even though I have nothing to bake with.  So I butchered...um, I mean, I improvised...and then a few days later, I improved the improvised recipe and voila! here you have it - my own version of apple cinnamon biscuits!!!

Maria (from Two Peas and their Pod) made these biscuits for breakfast.  My version is most definitely more like a dessert because it's sweeter and it's packed full of flavours.  The thing is, I consider cinnamon buns a dessert, not breakfast.  Breakfast is supposed to be healthy and cinnamon buns are not.  So if you are looking for a healthy, delicious, easy recipe to kick start your day, stick with Maria's Gooey Cinnamon Biscuits.

If you want to eat my apple cinnamon biscuits for breakfast, by all means, go for it.  I did!!  I also like to take it to work as my lunch dessert.  I bake this at night, refrain from eating the whole thing, bring a couple of pieces into work, ding it in the microwave for about 8-10 sec  and I eat.  Omnomnomnom...  So Good!!  This is one of the few baking experiments my Hubby enjoyed, I mean, he really enjoyed it.  He couldn't stop eating it.  He kept asking for more; in fact, I had to hide it from him.  That's how good this apple cinnamon biscuit is!!!  (Incidentally, he preferred the first unimproved improvised version, probably because it had less apples and no rolled oats, so less healthy.  Hahah...)

So now, stop boring yourself with my babbles and go make this.  You won't regret it!!

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