Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

I have been trying to decide what to do for my husband for Valentine's Day. I wanted to do something special for him because he really is the most wonderful husband to me and father to our son. I thought I really should come up with something as special as he is to me. And the only things I kept coming back to were food! I am the main cook in our home so he is used to me making supper and desserts for him all the time. But then I realized that that is my way of showing my love to my family. I feed them.

So, I happen to know that my husband is a big fan of the Cinnamon Raisin biscuits from one of those big fast food chains.
 It rhymes with Blardee's. 

It got me thinking, how come I've never made these at home before? I started flipping through some old recipe binders and some food magazines I had, looking for a suitable recipe. I found one in a Taste of South magazine my Mom had given me from 2006. I have modified it a bit and I think the result comes pretty darn close to the ones he likes. And besides, he'll appreciate that they were made with love and that's gotta count for something, right?
Look at that raisin trying to escape!
Ingredients:
For the biscuits:
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup vegetable shortening
2/3 cup raisins
1 cup buttermilk

For the glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tbsp. milk
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Cut in vegetable shortening using a pastry blender or a fork until mixture is crumbly.  Stir in raisins and buttermilk, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 3 or 4 times.
Roll dough to about ¾ inch thickness and cut with a 3-inch biscuit cutter or a mini biscuit cutter, and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Make sure not to twist the biscuits as you cut them. Just push down and then lift the biscuit up. 
Enlist a cute helper for this part.
Bake for about 9-10 minutes for 3-inch biscuits and for about 6-8 minutes for mini biscuits.
Now for the glaze, combine powdered sugar, milk, vegetable oil and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir until completely mixed. Drizzle over hot biscuits or dip the tops of the biscuits in the glaze. I like to double dip mine for a nice thick glaze on top!

Cook’s Notes: I found that these were tastiest when served warm. The glaze does harden up to a nice finish when it cools. 
Just pop these in the microwave for about 5 seconds to warm them up and serve! 
Also, I really loved the addition of the cinnamon in the glaze but if you think that would be too much cinnamon
 flavoring for you then just leave it out.
This is on a building downtown. Fitting for today's post, huh?


Enjoy!

48 comments:

Monet said...

Such a great idea! I've never thought of doing a sweet biscuit. I know my husband would love this! Thank you for sharing, sweet woman. I hope you have a weekend that bursts forth with love, joy and good eats. Bring on the rest and relaxation!

Sally Darling said...

Simply wonderful idea! Plus your helper is DARLING! These would make ANYONE a Happy Valentine! Great Job!

Lizzy said...

Look at your sweet sous chef! He's adorable! Yes, I think that's the way I show my family I love them, too...baking something incredible. I think my gang would like your biscuits...sans raisins (soooooooo picky!). Happy Valentine's Day to your family, Brandie~

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

Brandie,
I just love your cute little helper. Doesn't that just brighten your day having them in the kitchen. I would like these biscuits myself. I think I cook for the same reason. I've been trying to figure out what to make for V-day myself?
Hope you and your family have A Happy Valentines Day!
-Gina-

Jill Colonna said...

I love the idea that you serve them warm. Your helper sure is a cutie! Enjoy the rest of the weekend with your loved ones.

Kimberly said...

Oh I love this idea! And I have everything to make this for breakfast tomorrow! I love when you post stuff where I have all the ingredients! Yum! And you have a cute little helper, isn't fun when your boys get involved in the kitchen?

Sandra said...

Your sous chef is so cute..and you guys made a gorgeous sweet treat! Yummy!

Elisabeth said...

Brandie-Love the idea with the sweet biscuits, and your adorable little helper. So cute, and proud to help you!
Great post, and recipe...thanks for sharing!

Kay Heritage said...

I sure can use a good help in my church kitchen! :) Is your sous chef available? Great looking recipe, Brandie.

Yin said...

Brandie:
That's a saying in Chinese that if you want to capture a man's heart, first you capture his stomach first.
Well, you are doing the right way by showing love thru food!
I believe if you put your heart in when you are cooking, even if you cook simple meal for your love one, they will feel your love in it, right?

a soldiers wife said...

ooh...my family would love these biscuits. Unfortunately I'm not a good biscuit maker. I'm very hit or miss with them. I may have to give it a try though. These do look delicious.

A Busy Nest said...

I loved those biscuits from that chain also. It has been years since I had them though. I can't wait to try your recipe because homemade would be better! They look great!

Sheila said...

I have to try these biscuits, that fast food change left our area years ago and I loved these biscuits.

Stephanie said...

These sound delicious! I bet they were way better than the restaurant version and your husband will love them. What a sweet idea!

BumbleVee said...

... and he looks like he is having great fun helping out too.... this could be the making of a great chef.. who knows?

These sound pretty good.... a shorter version of cinnamon buns perhaps...? I'm definitely sprinkling a bit of cinnamon on mine!....

Tiffany said...

I bet these were wonderful warm! I think I can smell the cinnamon! :)

Becky said...

I love your little sous chef, helping you make these yummy biscuits. Cinnamon is my favorite spice, and the more the better.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family!

Kristen said...

What a great recipe. My family is always wanting cinnamon rolls, but they take way too long to make. These look like a pretty good substitute.

Elizabeth said...

What a cute, adorable and handsome little chef you have there. He looks like he is taking his culinary arts to the highest level. I can't wait to make these cinnamon raisin biscuits. They look so delicious; I can taste them now. Happy Valentines Day to you and your family!

Veronica Gantley said...

Your biscuit look great. I am sure your husband will enjoy them. I hear they are really good the next day. Pop them in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Just saying.....

Happy When Not Hungry said...

Your biscuits look amazing!! Yum!

Mary said...

These sound wonderful and I love the shot of your kitchen assistant so intent on his work. That's really a dear age. I hope you have had a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

Eftychia said...

I love cinnamon. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us!

Annie said...

Your little helper is so cute! I too have never thought of making a sweet biscuit but it sounds like a wonderful idea and they look so yummy! I am a huge fan of cinnamon so I would probably keep it on the glaze.

Anonymous said...

Those look good. I may have to try this. The first thing I thought of when I saw your recipe title was the biscuits I used to love at"the restaraunt that rhymes with Blardee's"

Karen

Melanie said...

Yum! I can't wait to try these. And, you do have a very handsome helper! I found you through Made By You Mondays and am now a follower.

Melanie
youmadethat.blogspot.com

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

You've got a very cute little helper there :) The biscuits sound great. Its always nice to give a gift from the heart on Valentines. That makes it so much more special.

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

Yum! I'm all about cinnamon, so these sound perfect!

MrsJenB said...

Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! I have all the ingredients for this! I'll be making them over the weekend for SURE! :-)

Miz Helen said...

Hi Brandie,
What a great idea, I know all the little ones and the"old" ones will just love these biscuits. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

Sara said...

I happen to love the ones from Blardee's too, but we don't have Blardee's in our region! So I will have to try these - thanks! Found your blog from Katie's Cucina. Will be visiting again!

The Mom Chef said...

I've never had one from Blardees. We avoid that restaurant because we love our arteries and I tend to go overboard when I'm there. Ah well.

your biscuits look fantastic. I think I'd leave all the cinnamon in the glaze just like you have it. Heavenly.

Evan @swEEts said...

When I was little a friend's mom would make these for us when we had sleepovers.. I haven't had them since and now it looks like that'll have to change :)

Shore Girl said...

These look delicious -- can't wait to try them! Saving this recipe in my file for future use!

Lisa said...

These look great! We love raisins and I look forward to making these...tomorrow, lol!

Sue said...

I am going to have to get your RSS because you have some very tasty looking recipes on your blog. My husband would love these cinnamon raisin biscuits.

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

What a fun breakfast treat. Sounds wonderful.

I'd like to invite you to share this recipe with my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.
http://alli-n-son.com/2011/03/17/soft-chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Mom Photographer said...

those look delicious! I would make them right away but I don't have the buttermilk at the house! got to go groceryshopping! thanks for sharing!

Our Italian Kitchen said...

A sweet biscuit! How cute! Love it!

Eftychia said...

Delicious biscuit, Cute baby!!!

Vickie said...

Also since you did this for V-Day, you could use a heart shaped cookie cutter. <3 May have to make this soon too! mmmm :)

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, Blardees biscuits do bring back memories. My grandfather used to take me to Blardees and I'd get these biscuits. They were so good. I can't wait to try this homemade version. Have you tried using butter instead of shortening?

The Country Cook said...

I really hope you like these if you try it. We really like the icing on top so I usually double dip them or keep a small bowl of it on the side to dip them into. That's a good question about the butter. I've only ever used Crisco when making these so If you give it a try with butter I'd love to know what you think!

Tracy said...

oh my goodness! I recognized that sign. We must be neighbors! I just adore cinnamon raisin biscuits but I have never made homemade biscuits. This will be my first attempt!

The Country Cook said...

Hi Tracy! Nice to meet ya. I really hope you like these if you give them a try!! We like lots of glaze on ours..lol. I think I could cover anything in glaze and be a happy camper..lol. :)

jmdragonwolf/jackie said...

this is one of the nicest blogs I have come across. I love to collect recipes though to be honest I don't really like to cook. You have a lot of nice dishes that I will share with family and friends.

Linda A. Thompson Ditch said...

It is so easy to forget that biscuits can be both sweet and savory. These look like a yummy way to start the day!

Janine Hudson said...

What a great recipe for me to make for my son (who is my lovebug)!! All of your recipes sound wonderful as I just discovered your website today and have been on it for about two hours!! I am looking forward to making a lot of these recipes. I bet you could make a wonderful Sweet Potato Biscuit also.