Daily Archives: 9 March 2012

french fridays with dorie: saint-germain-de-prés onion biscuits

Here’s a quick post on a quick bread for French Fridays with Dorie. I’ve been running at a million miles an hour for the past two weeks, including a short vacation, and even though this week’s recipe was as easy as pie (easier actually), I’m breathing a deep sigh of relief that it got made. And, I am so glad that it did.

I haven’t made many biscuits in my life, but each time I do, I think, “Why don’t I make biscuits more often?” I must have first made them when I was a young teenager, as this is definitely something I learned to make in home ec class, not from my mother. Home ec is where I learned everything I know about sewing too. Though I learned plenty from my mother, why don’t they offer home ec in school anymore? Every week, I still use life skills I learned in that class back in the 7th and 8th grade. But, I digress.

One thing I love about biscuits is that they are fast enough and easy enough to whip up to accompany dinner, fresh from the oven. Knowing I had time constraints, I mixed the dry ingredients together ahead of time so they were ready when I was. I also chopped the onion ahead of time and stashed it in the fridge.

While dinner cooked (a clean-out-the-fridge frittata, more on that this weekend), I sautéed the onions and rubbed the butter into the dry ingredients. Then, I stirred the onion and milk into the mixture, gave it a quick knead, and patted it out on the counter. Then, I cut out biscuits. My cutter was a little less than 2 inches, so I got 22, not the 32 that Dorie did. At this point, I’d only spent 10 minutes pulling these together. After a short bake in the oven, hot fluffy biscuits for dinner! Voilà!

As usual with Dorie’s recipes, I can imagine this as a jumping off point. I’m wondering what these savory treats will be like with roasted red peppers or olives mixed in. Or what about a touch of grated cheese? I see these as a frequent guest at my dinner table in the future.

Next week’s FFwD recipe will be a new challenge for me: Cheese Soufflé. Eggs and cheese are two of my favorite food groups, so I can’t wait to try it.

If you want to see how the other bloggers from French Fridays with Dorie made out with their biscuits, check out their posts here. If you’d like to make these yourself (why wouldn’t you?), the recipe can be found here or in Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table.

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