Cinnamon Swirl Cream Biscuits

Guys, winter is slowly killing me. I have had enough of the snow, the ice, the cold, the wind, losing the clean house vs. wood stove battle. I need a sunny vacation, STAT.  Heck, I would even take a sunny day, just a little blue sky!!

There isn’t much else to do this time of year but stay inside and eat comfort food.

Cinnamon rolls and biscuits definitely fall into that category, and these cream biscuits, swirled with cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with sweet icing just might make winter more bearable.

Or at least stop my complaining for a little bit! 😉

recipe slightly adapted from Cook’s Illustrated, May/June 2000

Cinnamon Swirl Cream Biscuits

Ingredients

  • Dough
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    Filling/Topping
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons heavy cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F with a rack in the upper third.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together. Add 1 1/4 cups of the cream and stir with a wooden spoon until a rough dough comes together. Remove the dough from the bowl to your work surface. Add the remaining 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough comes together. Knead the dough for about 30 seconds, or until smooth.
  • Roll the dough into a 9×12 rectangle. Brush the dough with the melted butter. Stir the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl, then sprinkle evenly over the surface of the dough. Starting at one of the long sides, roll the dough into a cylinder (I wound up adding a little flour under the dough because it was sticking). Cut the cylinder into 8 equal pieces. Press down on one side of each piece to flatten slightly, then transfer to a 9-inch pie plate. Repeat with all pieces.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown. Meanwhile, whisk the confectioners’ sugar, cream and vanilla together in a small bowl until smooth (it will be a thick glaze). Drizzle the icing over the biscuits when they emerge from the oven. Serve warm (I found that these froze wonderfully. Individually wrap and heat for 20-25 seconds in microwave to defrost.)
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    Ingredients

    • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast (1 packet)
    • 1 cup warm water
    • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons honey
    • 1 teaspoon  salt
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil

    Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine the water and yeast, stirring until the yeast is dissolved.
  • Add in the flour, honey, salt and oil, stirring to combine. On a well floured surface, knead the dough for a few minutes until smooth. Form into a ball and cover. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes before shaping into pizza or bread sticks.
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