Sunday, April 21, 2013

Butter Me a Biscuit and Quick Pizza

Did you know there is a woman who says 'biscuit' 900 times per hour, totalling up to 16,000 times per day?  I am not that crazy about biscuits but this little recipe will fire you up about them a little more. 

Talk about a delicious different biscuit though!  It's a little spicy, but only complimentary and it goes well with an egg; fried or hard-boiled alike.  You can prepare these in advance as I did, on Saturday night for Sunday breakfast and have yourself a great brunch addition!
So, let's get to the biscuit today and have yourself a great week!

                  Savoury & Spicy Onion Serrano Pepper Tea Biscuits

YIELD: 15 biscuits
  • 2 cups of sifted all-purpose flour (use organic whole wheat for a healthier version)
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder (try to find aluminium free)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (sea salt is best)
  • 1/2 cup shortening, butter or margarine (I had margarine on hand)
  • 3/4 cup milk (low- fat)
  • 4 washed- well, un-seeded, and chopped Serrano Peppers (Retail $2.49 for a pack of 12-16- couldn't find organic)
  • 1/4 of finely chopped white onion
  • Food handling gloves if sensitive to spicy peppers; some peppers will tend to "burn" and heat skin especially if you improvised
  • Optional: If you use Habanero peppers instead use only 1 pepper- VERY hot but these peppers have been linked to shrinking cancerous growth.
Preheat oven to 400* F (205* ). Grease baking sheet, or line with parchment paper ( what I like to do),but this time I ran out of parchment and used aluminium foil to line the pan...... I will be using less aluminium foil for future reference! 

Combine all dry ingredients and stir well.  Cut in shortening with a fork, until it is a fine crumb mixture.  Stir in milk with a fork, stir and add the chopped Serrano and white onions.  Make a soft dough using all flour in the bowl, and then knead 8-10 times on a clean, lightly floured board.
You may have a few pieces of onions or peppers pop out, and just add them into the dough again. 

Roll out the dough into a 1/2" thick and cut round biscuits; either with a round cookie cutter or glass to make perfect sizes, and lightly flour the cutter of choice to help keep dough from sticking at all.  Bake on pan for 12-15 minutes, if you use this dough for a pizza, them bake about 20 minutes!

Yes, there is an option of making about 10 biscuits and a small mini pizza, or you could make a few mini pizzas.  I used some dough, and rolled it out in a small round pizza size. Smooth pizza sauce on top, and add what ingredients you like!  I made my version vegetarian with some roasted eggplant, garlic and feta cheese, topped with some mozzarella.

Take the pan out and remove biscuits at the recommended time, top your pizza with the mozzarella and put the pizza back into the oven for another 5- 7 minutes equal to the 20 minutes of the recommended time for baking the pizza.  Just keep and eye on it.  I like the sides a little brown but not too much and then I turn the oven off and take it out!  Perfecto!

 Enjoy, and I hope it spices up your week!

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