Over the past few days all I’ve been able to think about is apple cider…

Well really, warmed apple cider spiked with a splash of brandy, if we’re being truthfully honest here (I don’t even like brandy, what the heck?)…

And well, it’s not really all I could think about haha, but you catch my drift 😛

So when I came across this “opportunity” to combine sweet and spicy apple cider with the savory saltiness of bacon there was no way I was passing that up!

Biscuits from scratch couldn’t be thatttt hard now could they?

Ha.  I think I seemed to have forgotten, that as we all well know, a baker I am not.

I tend to forget to think these things through before getting ideas into my head 😉

But lucky for me, I found out that biscuits from scratch really aren’t that hard to make!  I’d say even easy enough for the novice baker (eh hmmm me).

Phew… close call.

Here’s how they came together!

Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, brown sugar.

The original recipe also called for apple pie spice, which I didn’t happen to have, so it got left out.  But if you gotz it, then go for it!

Now the butter.  Butter, butter, everywhereeeee??

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a little bit of butter now would it? 

Emphasis on the “little bit” (whole stick say whaaa haha) 😉

The recipe wanted me to “cut” the butter into the dough.  Ummm…?

So finding myself without a fancy schmany pastry blender, I decided it was time to improvise.  Why hello there massively large fork, how you doinnnn!

I used the fork to cut the cubed butter into the dough, until it started to crumble into smaller bits and resulted in an even distribution of crumbles thoughout.

P.S. apparently this is what creates the “flakiness” of the biscuit!

Next it was time for the bacon.  Mmmmm baconnnnn.

Which I baked in the oven at 400F for about 12 minutes until slightly crispy…

Then crumbled simply using my hands before adding to the biscuit dough mixture.

The final touch before kneading was a splash of sweet apple cider.

Poured right into the bowl.

I worked the biscuit dough until I was able to remove it from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured surface.

Then I rolled it out in a rectangle of sorts and cut into about 10 uniform pieces.

The final step was a generous drizzling of cinnamon butter before the biscuits went into the oven.

And after about 12 minutes, voila!!, the biscuits were done 🙂

 

P.S. After about 4 minutes your house will begin smelling all sorts of heavenly too, just puttin’ that out there…

As a first time biscuit maker, I would say that these were fairly easy to make and the final product turned out moist and flakey just like it was supposed to! 

And yes, that surprised me as well, since I’m not always known for my baking abilities hahaha 😉  That’s lil’ sis’s territory, she’s got a knack for it!

As far as the flavor department, all I know is that these biscuits most certainly impressed!  I loved the play on sweet & salty with the apple & the bacon combo.  And the cinnamon topping just really pulled it all together into such a holiday treat.

I found that these biscuits were best served warm, when they are at their flakiest, and perhaps with an extra touch of freshly smeared butter… but who am I to tell you how to eat yo’ biscuit? 😉

Do you think apples, bacon and cinnamon are an odd combination? Would you give these biscuits a try?

5 Comments

  1. gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I’m moving in with you, ok?

  2. These look amazing! And now I really want apple cider…and bacon 🙂

  3. I’m pretty sure my b-friend would probably marry me on the spot if I made him a baked treat that contained meat of any kind.

    But I’m not ready for that stage in our relationship, so I think I’ll have to book mark this for later 😉 hah

    Merry Christmas!

  4. bacon and apple cider biscuits!! these sound incredible.

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