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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    Easy Bavarian Donuts

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    Easy Bavarian Donuts

    Ingredients

    • 1 can buttermilk biscuits (8 count)
    • 1 small package vanilla instant pudding
    • 1.5 cups milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)
      Chocolate Glaze
    • 1½ cups confectioners’ sugar
    • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 2 tbsp milk (start with 2, increase if not smooth enough)
    • 2 tsp vanilla

    Instructions

  • Mix pudding mix, milk and vanilla bean paste according to pudding package instructions. Chill. Can be made in advance.
  • Pour canola oil into 10-inch-wide saucepan or Dutch oven until at least 2 1/2 inches deep. Heat oil over medium heat until deep-fry temperature reads 375°F. Line large plate with paper towel; set aside.
  • Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Place 4 biscuits in hot oil; fry 2 minutes 30 seconds. Using spatula, flip biscuits over; fry 2 minutes 30 seconds longer. Transfer doughnuts to paper towel-lined plate to absorb any oil.
  • Using handle of wooden spoon, poke a hole in side of each doughnut. Fill decorating bag fit with small hole tip with pudding mixture. Squeeze enough pudding into each doughnut to fill hole.
  • For chocolate glaze, sift together the sugar and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, slowly add in the milk and vanilla and beat on low speed until glaze is smooth and pourable.
  • Gently dip one side of the donuts into the glaze and place on parchment paper to set up. Donuts are best when enjoyed fresh.
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