The Baker Upstairs: 2019

11.17.2019

9 Delicious Pie Recipes

Yum
9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means it's time to get excited about all things pie related! In my husband's family, his sister in law Jill is famous for her pies, and usually makes at least 5 different pies for each Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Since she loves making pies (and her pies are always delicious) the rest of us have pretty much delegated that task to her. Because I always had Jill around to meet all of my pie related needs, I never really bothered to learn how to make pie myself. And then we moved to Oregon, and I realized that if I wanted delicious homemade pie, I was going to have to make it myself.

I have to admit, I am such a pie novice that I had never even made my own homemade pie crust until about two and a half years ago! Since then, I've been working on making better pies, and improving bit by bit. I still wouldn't call myself a pie master by any means, but I've got some great recipes under my belt now, and I feel reasonably confident about tackling basic pies. I'm sharing some of my favorite pie recipes with you, in the hopes that they'll inspire you as you put together your own Thanksgiving menu!


Homemade pie crust is simple, quick, and easy to make with this fantastic recipe!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


This homemade apple pie filling is so delicious and flavorful, and makes the best apple pie ever!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


This delicious homemade blueberry pie is so simple and easy to make, you won't believe you made it at home!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


This simple and delicious caramel apple galette is so easy to make. It has all of the deliciousness of apple pie, but with way less work!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!

Huckleberry Hand Pies

These huckleberry hand pies are easy to make using fresh or frozen huckleberries, and so adorable and delicious!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


These delicious and adorable strawberry hand pies are easy to make, and the perfect summer dessert!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


This lemon meringue pie is so heavenly and easy to make too! Deliciously tart and flavorful lemon custard topped with clouds of sweet fluffy meringue, for a show-stopping dessert!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


This delicious peach crisp pie is loaded with sweet juicy peaches and a buttery, cinnamony, crunchy crisp topping!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


These delicious homemade pumpkin pasties taste just like pumpkin pie, and they're so easy to make!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!

Happy pie baking!

11.14.2019

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

Yum
This cheesy and delicious chicken cordon bleu pasta is so flavorful, and so easy to make!

This cheesy and delicious chicken cordon bleu pasta is so flavorful, and so easy to make!

Are you more of a menu planner or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type cook? I aspire to be a great menu planner, but usually only end up planning a menu and grocery shopping about every other week. On the off week, we usually just cobble together odds and ends from the pantry and cupboard, catch up on meals I didn't make from the week before, and/or eat out. As much as I would love to be organized enough to plan a menu every single week, I like having a little more flexibility than that, and we tend to have so much food in the fridge and pantry anyway that it's a good way to rotate through our stash. This chicken cordon bleu pasta is one that I make frequently in those in-between weeks. I almost always have cooked chicken and ham in the freezer, pasta in the pantry, and cheese and milk in the fridge, so it's a no brainer to throw everything together into a cheesy and filling pasta dish!

This cheesy and delicious chicken cordon bleu pasta is so flavorful, and so easy to make!

My kids always ask for seconds when I make this pasta, and I love that it's so simple and delicious! The combination of tender chicken and ham with a creamy swiss cheese sauce is fantastic. It's ready in less than 30 minutes, which makes it perfect for a busy night (as all of my weeknights seem to be lately). It's one of our go-to meals!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

8 ounces rotini pasta
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
pepper (to taste)
1 cup grated swiss cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
3/4 cup chopped ham

Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain. While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter is melted, whisk in the flour to form a paste. Let cook 2-3 minutes, until golden. Gradually add the milk, whisking so there are no lumps. Let cook for a few minutes until thickened, then gradually add the chicken broth, continuing to whisk constantly. Whisk in the salt and pepper, then let the mixture cook for a few minutes, until thickened to desired consistency. Remove from heat and whisk in the swiss cheese until melted. Return to heat and stir in the chicken, ham, and cooked pasta, until warmed through. 
This cheesy and delicious chicken cordon bleu pasta is so flavorful, and so easy to make!

11.12.2019

Cranberry Orange Scones

Yum
These cranberry orange scones are so light and tender, and perfectly sweetened!

These cranberry orange scones are so light and tender, and perfectly sweetened!

Do you love a good scone as much as I do? I grew up in Utah, where "scones" are pieces of fried bread dough, usually topped with honey butter. I had never even tried a traditional scone until I was fully grown up, and it was a little strange to me that these crumbly little biscuit-like scones shared the same name as the fried bread of my childhood. I've developed a deep appreciation for real scones since then, and I try to make some variety of scone at least once or twice a month. They are such a joy with a cup of warm hot chocolate or tea, especially when it's cold out. I've made a wide variety of scone flavors, from lemon poppyseed to peaches and cream, and I love them all. These cranberry orange scones are a new variation that I tried recently, now that fresh cranberries are in season, and they have quickly become a new favorite!

These cranberry orange scones are so light and tender, and perfectly sweetened!

Cranberries are a great choice for scones because they add a lot of flavor, but don't add a ton of moisture. I bumped up the sweetness in the scones a little to compensate for the tartness of the cranberries, and the flavors are so good together. There's some citrusy sweetness from the orange, the bright and tart cranberry flavor, and the underlying sweet and tender scone dough. I like to brush them with cream before baking so they brown a little bit in the oven, and they're crisp on top but still soft and tender in the middle.

These cranberry orange scones are so light and tender, and perfectly sweetened!

To make these scones even more delicious, I drizzled a sweet orange glaze over the top to finish them. It's not strictly necessary, but it does add a nice little boost of orange flavor! These scones are perfect for breakfast, dessert, or snacking any time. They're the perfect blend of sweet and tart, and the texture is perfect!

These cranberry orange scones are so light and tender, and perfectly sweetened!
Cranberry Orange Scones

for the scones:
1/2 cup sugar
zest of one orange
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, cold
1/2 cup half and half
1 egg
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 cup fresh cranberries, cut in half
2 tablespoons cream
sparkling sugar

for the glaze:
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 teaspoons half and half

Preheat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with silicone or parchment. In a large bowl, rub the sugar and orange zest together until fragrant. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Grate the cold butter into the flour mixture and toss to combine. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the half and half, eggs, and orange extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until the dough just starts to come together. Gently fold in the cranberries, being careful not to crush them.

Pat the dough out into a 8 inch square, being careful not to overwork it. Cut 9 circles out of the dough using a biscuit cutter, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with the cream and sprinkle with the sparkling sugar. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown. To make the glaze, whisk the orange juice and powdered sugar together. Add the half and half as needed to make a glaze that's easy to drizzle, but not too runny. Drizzle the glaze over the scones.
These cranberry orange scones are so light and tender, and perfectly sweetened!

11.10.2019

Thanksgiving Menu Plan

Yum
This easy and delicious Thanksgiving menu plan has all the best recipes for a tasty holiday!

This easy and delicious Thanksgiving menu plan has all the best recipes for a tasty holiday!

I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is only a few short weeks away! Since we moved to Portland a few years ago, my family has had a tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving with my nephew Alex and his wife Suzie. They're foodies like we are, so they always bring something delicious to share, and we have enjoyed several glorious feasts together. I had never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner on my own before we moved, but I quickly built up a collection of delicious and easy recipes that got rave reviews from everyone at the table.

This summer Alex and Suzie moved to New York for graduate school, and we are missing them so much with the holidays approaching! Since we'll be spending Thanksgiving on our own with no family close by, we decided to change things up and rent a beach house at the coast for the week. I've let myself off the hook for cooking anything this Thanksgiving (I think we'll pick up a pre-made Thanksgiving dinner at the grocery store, or go out to a restaurant for dinner), but I still wanted to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes with you. These are my favorite tried and true recipes for Thanksgiving, and I love that they all coordinate well together. I hope you'll find some inspiration for your own holiday table!


This cheesy spinach and artichoke dip has the most delicious combination of flavors, and is so easy to make. It's my family's favorite appetizer!

This easy and delicious Thanksgiving menu plan has all the best recipes for a tasty holiday!


This rosemary sage turkey breast is incredibly moist and flavorful, and so simple to make. The meat is so tender and delicious!

This easy and delicious Thanksgiving menu plan has all the best recipes for a tasty holiday!


These delicious crescent rolls turn out perfect every single time, and are so easy to make! I have a lot of roll recipes on my site, but these ones are my very favorite. 

This easy and delicious Thanksgiving menu plan has all the best recipes for a tasty holiday!


This bacon apple stovetop stuffing is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table! It's so flavorful, and so easy to make!

This easy and delicious Thanksgiving menu plan has all the best recipes for a tasty holiday!


These delicious instant pot garlic mashed potatoes are a quick and easy side dish that goes with everything! They are so easy to make, and have the perfect consistency every time.

This easy and delicious Thanksgiving menu plan has all the best recipes for a tasty holiday!


These flavorful and delicious hazelnut green beans are the perfect side dish! The flavors in the hazelnuts and the green beans complement each other perfectly.

This easy and delicious Thanksgiving menu plan has all the best recipes for a tasty holiday!


These roasted brussels sprouts with bacon are so deliciously flavorful, and quick and easy to make. They're delicious enough to convert even brussels sprout haters!

This easy and delicious Thanksgiving menu plan has all the best recipes for a tasty holiday!


This homemade cranberry sauce is way better than the canned stuff! It has a delicious combination of cranberry, orange, and cinnamon flavors, and so delicious!

This easy and delicious Thanksgiving menu plan has all the best recipes for a tasty holiday!


This simple and delicious caramel apple galette is so easy to make. It has all of the deliciousness of apple pie, but with way less work!

This easy and delicious Thanksgiving menu plan has all the best recipes for a tasty holiday!

Hope your Thanksgiving holiday is warm and happy, and your feast is delicious!

11.08.2019

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Yum
This cheesy spinach and artichoke dip has the most delicious combination of flavors, and is so easy to make!

This cheesy spinach and artichoke dip has the most delicious combination of flavors, and is so easy to make!

My husband and I both come from really big families. He's the youngest of eight kids, and I'm the second of five. When we met as college students, all of his older siblings were already married, most with children of their own, and holidays with his family were always busy and crowded and full of food. Everyone seemed to have their own special role in providing the meal - one sister made the best ham and the softest rolls, a sister in law was famous for her pies, another sister in law made a fantastic jello salad. I loved to cook but didn't have much experience, especially in cooking for such a big crowd, so I felt a little intimidated about joining the group and contributing to holiday meals.

After one disastrous Thanksgiving in which I made a mostly inedible apple pie, I was determined to come up with something that I could contribute that everyone would love. My husband and I came up with this recipe for spinach and artichoke dip while we were engaged, and from then on it was our signature dish. We brought it to every family gathering and holiday meal, and became famous for it. Since we moved to Oregon three years ago, we now spend most of our holidays at home by ourselves instead of with family, and I realized this year that I haven't made our spinach and artichoke dip since we moved!

This cheesy spinach and artichoke dip has the most delicious combination of flavors, and is so easy to make!

It took a little time for me to remember the recipe, but the dip was every bit as delicious as I remembered. The gooey melty cheese, the savory combination of spinach and artichokes... yum! I love to eat it with celery sticks, but my husband prefers to dip sliced baguette or crackers into the dip instead. It's delicious either way, but I really love the combination of cool crisp celery with the cheesy melty dip. This dip is great for making ahead of time (you can assemble it up to a few days ahead of time, refrigerate, then bake it just before you're ready to serve), and it also freezes really well. It's always a hit with my kids, who are completely unwilling to eat spinach in any other form. This dip is the perfect holiday appetizer!

This cheesy spinach and artichoke dip has the most delicious combination of flavors, and is so easy to make!
Spinach and Artichoke Dip

4 cups fresh spinach
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 blocks (16 ounces) cream cheese, cut into chunks
1 can (around 14 ounces) artichokes, chopped
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
for serving: sliced baguette, celery sticks, crackers, tortilla chips, etc.

Preheat the oven to 400. Add the spinach and water to a large skillet over medium heat. Cover and cook 3-5 minutes, until the spinach is wilted. Drain and squeeze the excess water out of the spinach with a dish towel. Chop and set aside.

In a medium pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add the cream cheese and cook, stirring frequently, until melted. Stir in the chopped spinach, artichokes, and mozzarella cheese until smooth. Pour the mixture into an oven-safe cooking dish, and top with the parmesan cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until the parmesan is melted and lightly browned. Serve warm.

This cheesy spinach and artichoke dip has the most delicious combination of flavors, and is so easy to make!

11.06.2019

Caramel Apple Galette

Yum
This simple and delicious caramel apple galette is so easy to make!


I shared a couple weeks ago that my family went a little crazy at the orchard this fall, and it turns out that we still (weeks later) have apples coming out of our ears. We've made applesauce, apple pancakes, apple butter, cut up dozens of apples for lunchboxes, and made stuffing with them. I've just been keeping the box of apples down in the basement where it's nice and cool, and at this point I'm pretty sure that they are multiplying down there!

Since we're (surprisingly) not sick of apples yet, I'm going to just keep coming up with inventive ways to use them. This caramel apple galette was a particularly delicious way to use up a few apples from the horde, and way easier to make than I thought it would be! It has all of the flavor and deliciousness of apple pie, but with way less work. It's so easy to make that it would be perfect for a novice baker, but it's delicious enough to taste like it came from a fancy patisserie. That's my kind of dessert!


As with any other kind of pastry, it's important not to overwork the dough. (Does anyone else hear Paul Hollywood's voice every time they say the word "overwork," or is that just me?) It comes together pretty quickly and easily. Once the dough is put together, give it a chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Chilling the dough helps the butter stay cold, and gives the finished pastry a better texture. Once it's chilled, just dump your filling on top, and fold over the edges of the dough.


Unlike with a traditional fussy pie recipe, it's totally okay for your galette to look messy and rustic. That's part of its charm! Brush the crust with a little egg wash, and pop it in the oven until it's browned. My oven isn't always great at browning things, so I actually turned on the broiler for a few minutes at the end of baking time. My apples got a little too browned (although they still tasted just fine). If you don't want blackened apple tips like mine, just watch your galette more carefully than I did. :)


Once it's baked, let the galette cool for a minute, then drizzle it with caramel sauce. I used my favorite store-bought sauce this time (Smuckers Simple Delight Salted Caramel sauce) but if I had a little extra time, I would have made my homemade salted caramel sauce. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you've got a totally delicious and decadent dessert, with very little effort on your part! I love the combination of flaky pastry and tender, cinnamony apples, and the caramel sauce over the top is to die for. This caramel apple galette is the perfect dessert for your holiday table!

Caramel Apple Galette

for the crust:
2/3 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
pinch of salt
4 tablespoons cold butter
6 1/2 teaspoons cold water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

for the filling:
3 medium apples, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup caramel sauce (store-bought or make your own)

Preheat the oven to 400. To make the crust, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Grate in the cold butter and cut in using a pastry blender or two knives, until the pieces are no bigger than pea sized. Add the cold water and vanilla, and mix just until the dough comes together. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 15 minutes.

To make the filling, toss together the apples, sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Roll the crust out into a large circle that is approximately 10-12 inches in diameter. Pour the apple filling into the center of the circle, leaving a margin of 2 inches around the edges. Fold the edges up over the filling, leaving the center uncovered. Whisk together the egg and water, then brush the egg mixture over the top of the crust. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned and the apple filling is bubbling. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes, then drizzle with caramel sauce. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

adapted from Taste of Home

11.04.2019

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Yum
This cheesy potato casserole is the most delicious comfort food! It's made totally from scratch, with a creamy homemade sauce and so much cheesy goodness!

This cheesy potato casserole is the most delicious comfort food! It's made totally from scratch, with a creamy homemade sauce and so much cheesy goodness!

Okay, full disclosure: I grew up in Utah, where this dish is usually called funeral potatoes, and is served not just as funerals, but at pretty much every family function, church potluck, or neighborhood get-together in the state. I've decided to call my own recipe cheesy potato casserole because 1) I hate the name "funeral potatoes", and 2) I feel like cheesy potato casserole is a much more descriptive and appetizing name! I've eaten dozens of different varieties of this dish throughout my life, topped with everything from frosted flakes (what?!?) to crushed goldfish crackers, and I think my version is the very best of the best!

As a rule, I'm not a fan of canned cream soups, so I like to make the sauce for these potatoes from scratch. (If you love them, no hate from me! I just prefer the taste and texture of homemade sauce.) It's really not very much harder than opening the can, and the end result is completely delicious! I used frozen hash browns to save on time a little bit, but I've also made this recipe with grated baked potatoes and it has turned out well. As far as the topping goes, corn flakes are traditional, but I much prefer crushed Ritz crackers. The combination of creamy smooth sauce, tender potatoes, gooey cheese, and crisp buttery crackers is totally irresistible!

This cheesy potato casserole is the most delicious comfort food! It's made totally from scratch, with a creamy homemade sauce and so much cheesy goodness!

You can easily assemble the casserole day or two in advance, and pop it in the oven an hour before you're ready to eat. Just store the cracker topping separately in the fridge so it doesn't get soggy on top of the casserole. This cheesy potato casserole is the perfect addition to a holiday meal, or just an every day side dish when you're in the mood for comfort food!
Cheesy Potato Casserole

for the casserole:
4 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 bag (26 ounces) frozen shredded hash browns

for the topping:
1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook until softened. Stir in the flour to form a paste, and cook 2-3 minutes, until golden. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth, followed by the milk, a little at a time. Add the salt and pepper, and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese and sour cream until smooth. Mix the hash browns into the sauce, then pour the mixture into the prepared pan. To make the topping, mix together the crackers and butter, then sprinkle the crackers over the top of the potatoes. Cook 40-45 minutes, until golden brown on top and bubbling around the edges.

adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

This cheesy potato casserole is the most delicious comfort food! It's made totally from scratch, with a creamy homemade sauce and so much cheesy goodness!

11.03.2019

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham

Yum
This slow cooker brown sugar ham is so flavorful and tender, and has just a five minute prep time. It's the perfect main dish for your holiday celebration!

This slow cooker brown sugar ham is so flavorful and tender, and has just a five minute prep time. It's the perfect main dish for your holiday celebration!

What's your favorite holiday main course? Up until this year, I would have said turkey every single time. I've always been a big fan of turkey,  I have a super great turkey breast recipe, and it has been my go-to for holidays. And then for Easter this year, on a total whim, I picked up a spiral cut ham at the grocery store and threw it in the crockpot. When I carved it for dinner a few hours, the unanimous consensus from my family was that it was awesome!

I've never been a huge fan of pork (and in fact didn't eat pork for about ten years because of a bad experience when I was in high school), but the ham I pulled out of that slow cooker was so flavorful, tender, and juicy! My kids kept ooh-ing and aah-ing over how amazing it was, and asking me to make it for every holiday from now on. Since it went over so well with my family, I've made it again a few times since Easter, and I love that it turns out perfectly every time!

When I'm not making this ham for a holiday or special occasion, I usually cut the slices off the bone and package them in 8-ounce portions in freezer safe bags. It actually freezes really well, and I can pull out a bag the night before to have sliced ham on hand for packing lunches the next day. This ham is unbelievably easy, but still has some really amazing flavor. It's perfect for your holiday table!
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham

7-10 pound bone-in spiral cut ham
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 cups pineapple juice

Place the ham in the slow cooker. Rub the brown sugar all over the surface of the ham. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, dijon mustard, and pineapple juice. Pour the pineapple juice mixture evenly over the ham, and cover. (If the ham is too big for the lid to fit on the slow cooker, wrap aluminum foil over the top of it instead.) Cook on low 4-5 hours, then spoon the juice over the top of the ham. Let rest 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.
This slow cooker brown sugar ham is so flavorful and tender, and has just a five minute prep time. It's the perfect main dish for your holiday celebration!

10.31.2019

Mile High Biscuits

Yum
These mile high biscuits are so soft and fluffy, and ready in about 30 minutes. They're the perfect complement to soups or stews, and so delicious!

These mile high biscuits are so soft and fluffy, and ready in about 30 minutes. They're the perfect complement to soups or stews, and so delicious!

When we lived in Utah, my family's absolute favorite breakfast spot was Ruth's Diner in Emigration Canyon. We lived right at the mouth of the canyon, so it was easy to drive up there for every special occasion and birthday. We went there to celebrate when I passed the NCLEX (and again five years later when my husband passed the NCLEX), and it's the first restaurant we took each of our babies to after they were born. It has such a special place in our hearts, and we make sure to visit every time we're in Salt Lake.

One of my favorite things about Ruth's is that before you get your meal, they bring out a big, warm, fluffy biscuit for you! They call them mile high biscuits, and they're usually around 4 inches tall. The texture is somewhere between a traditional biscuit and a roll, and they are amazingly good. They come with homemade jam in a little silver pot (usually raspberry) and a few pats of cold butter, and they are totally heavenly! It's been a year since our last visit to Ruth's, and I have been missing their mile high biscuits like crazy. I was so excited to find this recipe on A Bountiful Kitchen, and to learn that it's not just a copycat recipe - it's the actual recipe that Ruth's Diner uses!

These mile high biscuits are so soft and fluffy, and ready in about 30 minutes. They're the perfect complement to soups or stews, and so delicious!

I had a batch of biscuits in the oven about 15 minutes after finding the recipe, and let me tell you, they did not disappoint! They're just as delicious as the mile high biscuits I remember at Ruth's. The recipe is pretty similar to a lot of other biscuit recipes I've seen, but I think adding the egg makes all the difference as far as the texture goes. They are so soft and fluffy and perfect! I pulled some homemade raspberry jam out of the pantry from last summer, slathered my hot biscuit with butter, and had the most heavenly snack I've eaten in years. I already have a biscuit recipe that I love dearly, but I think these biscuits may have edged them out for my favorites!
Mile High Biscuits

2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons butter, cold
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/4 cup water

Preheat the oven to 425. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Grate the cold butter into the flour mixture, and cut in using a pastry blender or two knives, until the pieces of butter are no bigger than pea sized. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and water. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix just until the dough starts to come together. On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough out into a 6 x 6 inch square. Cut into 9 pieces using a bench scraper or a knife, then place the pieces in an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 baking dish so they are spaced about 1/2 inch apart. Bake 12-15 minutes, until the biscuits golden brown on top. Serve hot with butter and raspberry jam.

adapted slightly from A Bountiful Kitchen

These mile high biscuits are so soft and fluffy, and ready in about 30 minutes. They're the perfect complement to soups or stews, and so delicious!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...