Saturday, September 12, 2015

Peach & Raspberry Pie Biscuits with Lemon-Ginger Glaze

Peach & Raspberry Pie Biscuits with Lemon-Ginger Glaze

The 1828 Webster dictionary defines biscuits as "a composition of flour and butter, made and baked in private families". Though they've historically been found in home kitchens across the country in varying styles, biscuits are especially a known southern staple. According to Food Timeline and the Southern Foodways Alliance, they've been part of the daily southern meal since the mid-1700s. In some rural communities, particularly in the mountains, biscuits were associated with class, however. Professor and southern food historian Elizabeth Englehardt says that in those communities, cornbread stood in as a cheaper, quicker, and less labor intensive alternative for biscuits.

Peach & Raspberry Pie Biscuits with Lemon-Ginger Glaze

When I moved to the south, my consumption and production of biscuits probably tripled, but personally, biscuits have always had some northern ties too. Don't tell my southern friends, but my go-to biscuit recipe is actually called "Yankee Biscuits" and I got them from a New England community cookbooks via my friend Clara in Maine. True to regional taste, it contains sugar, but I leave it out unless it's for a sweet biscuit or cobbler top.

While living in Vermont and just getting in to pie baking, I was introduced to the magic of King Arthur Flour. I especially took advantage of their diversity of flours when my friends and I embarked on a month-long "eat local challenge," where as an experiment, we were limited to consuming items from the state of Vermont or within a 100-radius of where we lived.

Peach & Raspberry Pie Biscuits with Lemon-Ginger Glaze

A few weeks ago, King Arthur sent me a bag of their self-rising flour and some other goodies (including a $25 gift card-- see below) as part of their Better Biscuits Campaign. While their recipe for self-rising biscuits still bears yankee origins, it's produces fluffy, flaky golden biscuits-- all the stuff that can transcend regional differences.

I adapted theirs and Joy the Baker's recipes for these sweet Peach and Raspberry Pie Biscuits with Lemon-Ginger Glaze. They're suitable for breakfast or dessert and could easily accommodate some ice cream or whipped cream, shortcake style.

Peach & Raspberry Pie Biscuits with Lemon-Ginger Glaze

Peach & Raspberry Pie Biscuits with Lemon-Ginger Glaze
Adapted from King Arthur Flour and Joy the Baker

For the filling:
2 ripe peaches, sliced thin
1-1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla (I used bourbon barrel-aged vanilla)

For the biscuits:
2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Self-Rising Flour
2 Tablespoons white sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
2/3 cup cold buttermilk

For the glaze:
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
2-2 1/2 Tablespoons whole milk
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch salt

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine filling ingredients: sliced peaches, raspberries, melted butter, ginger, brown sugar, and vanilla, and stir with a wooden spoon. Set aside.

3. For the biscuits, place flour in a medium bowl and whisk in the sugar. Cut in butter cubes with a knife and fork until mixtures the texture of cornmeal and peas. You want to work this as little as possible so the butter chunks remain cold.

4. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in buttermilk. Stir the mixture together with a wooden spoon until it is moist but holds together.

5. On a clean, floured (use all-purpose flour) surface, pat biscuit dough into a rectangle about 1/2-inch thick and about the width and length of a piece of paper (8.5x11). You may opt to use a well-floured rolling pin for this instead of your hands. Spoon the filling over half of the biscuit dough, then fold the bare side over top (this will get a little messy). Press the edges and pat into a 6x8 inch rectangle.

6. Using a sharp knife, slice the dough into a dozen squares. Transfer them to the prepared baking sheet, using a spatula. Place in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes until the biscuits are golden brown and puffed.

7. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by whisking together the confectioner's sugar, milk, ginger, and salt.

8. Once biscuits are done, remove from oven and let cool at least 7-10 minutes. Drizzle with glaze and enjoy! Biscuits are best served slightly warm and eaten within 2 days of baking. They also freeze and reheat well.

Peach & Raspberry Pie Biscuits with Lemon-Ginger Glaze

I've pretty much shied away from giveaways for the entire life of this blog, but this one is a pretty sweet deal for bakers from what I consider the best widely available flour mill and baker's resource in the country. King Arthur Flour has generously offered a $25 gift card to their online store, where you can purchase their flours and other baking essentials. To enter, you can either leave a comment below or on Instagram, 1. follow @thehousepie 2. like this photo and 3. tag a friend who would also benefit from some fine baking supplies. We'll give this giveaway thing a shot.

Peach & Raspberry Pie Biscuits with Lemon-Ginger Glaze

Related recipes:
Apple-Raspberry Pandowdy
Peach-Blackberry Cobbler
Peach Blackberry Pie
Peach-Sorghum Pandowdy with Cornmeal Biscuits
Quince Biscuit Pie


Rossi @ A Baking Girl said...

These biscuits look delicious! I’ve read about using self-rising flour in biscuits but have never given it a shot myself. If I happen to win this gift card I’ll HAVE to try to out ; )

fruitcrmble said...

I have never used self-rising flour but it does seem to be the flour to use in terms of biscuits.

carolwi said...

Darn--should have bought those raspberries at the farmer's market yesterday! Everything I've ever tried that King Arthur is a part of has been fantastic. These look delicious & my co-workers will be happy when I bring them to work.

Kat H. said...

I really like KAF flour. And the yeast in 8oz packages; seriously useful for bread bakers.

Eileen said...

Pie in biscuit form! These sound just amazing. What a perfect way to eat the last of the fresh summer fruit.

Monica Lander said...

I really enjoyed your article "The Anthropology of Pie." I think pie is the ideal concoction because it can please everyone. I bake five different pies each Thanksgiving and Christmas because my family can't decide on just one favorite. But I guess there's no such thing as too much pie. One question: did you use the pie enhancer for these biscuits? They look yummy and the recipe is on my "to do" list. Thank you!

emily said...

Thanks Monica! What is "the pie enhancer"?!

Joe in KY said...

I was tickled to see this recipe. I found your website after viewing a bread recipe over on Food52. I make homemade biscuits every weekend, but will like to try my hand at this. Thanks...

Life Is What It's Called said...

Those biscuits look delicious!

Unknown said...

I just found your blog this evening through a KAF Facebook on Sift Magazine. These pies look fabulous.

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