Monday, March 21, 2011

Cinnamon Biscuit Fans

As a wedding present, someone gave us a Betty Crocker's 'Best of Baking' cookbook.  At first, I was a little perturbed thinking - 'man, they think I don't know how to cook'.  However, over the years, I've grown very grateful for the fantastic recipes I've found in this cookbook.  
The following recipe is a classic that I come back to again and again.  This is a hybrid between a baking powder biscuit, and a cinnamon roll...not quite either, but a nice mix between.  Start to finish, this recipe takes me approx. 30 minutes - including the 16-18 minutes of baking.  This is also a great one to make with kids!


Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl

Cut in butter, then add enough milk (about 3/4 cups) so that dough leaves side of bowl and forms a ball.
Turn dough onto slightly floured surface.  Gently roll in flour to coat.  Knead lightly 10 times. 

Roll into 12" x 10" rectangle.
Spread softened butter over rectangle.
Sprinkle with cinnamon - sugar.

Slice rectangle crosswise into strips - approx. 10"x2".
Stack strips starting from the middle, then alternating from each side, moving outwards.
Cut stack crosswise into 8-10 pieces.

Place cut sides up in greased muffin/cupcake pans.
Bake 16-18 minutes or until golden brown. 
Immediately remove from pan. 

Drizzle glaze (recipe below) over warm biscuits.

Cinnamon Biscuit Fans
1/3 c. firm margarine or butter
2 c. all purpose flour
2 T. sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
Approx. 3/4 c. milk

3 T margarine or butter, softened
3 T. sugar
1 t. ground cinnamon

1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 - 2 1/2 t. milk

Heat oven to 425*.  Grease/spray 8 - 10 medium muffin cups.  
Mix dry ingredients, and cut 1/3 cup butter in using pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture resembles fine crumbs. 
Stir in just enough milk so dough leaves side of bowl and forms a ball. 

Turn dough on to lightly floured surface; gently roll in flour to coat.  Knead lightly 10 times.  Roll into a rectangle, 12" x 10".  Spread 3 T. softened butter over rectangle.  Mix sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle over dough. 
Cut crosswise into 10" x 2" strips.
Stack strips starting with the longest one in the middle.  Then alternately from the middle, stack each side strip.  
Cut crosswise into 8 - 10 pieces. 
Place cut sides up in muffin cups. 

Bake 16-18 minutes or until golden brown. 
immediately remove from pan.
Drizzle glaze over warm biscuits. 

1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 to 2 1/2 t. milk

Mix ingredients until smooth and of drizzling consistency.  

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