Rainy Day Biscuits

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Dessert, grain-free, primal, Vegetarian | 51 comments



Rainy Day Biscuits

I grew up in New England, where snow days where a regular occurrence. Sometimes, the school district over reacted to the weather report so much that they canceled school the day before. While it was nice going to bed at night knowing that there would be no alarm to rip you out of REM sleep the next day, it took away from the magic of waking up to a world that had unexpectedly been turned white and fluffy.

In my house, snow days meant biscuits. My mom is a 4th grade teacher, so if we had a snow day, so did she. I’m not sure there’s a snow day on the books that didn’t include her in the kitchen making biscuits¬†when my brother and I groggily shuffled in.

I had it on my list for this week to perfect my biscuit recipe, so when I woke up Wednesday morning to the sound of falling rain, I knew it was the day to do it. Living in San Francisco, it wouldn’t make sense to wait for a snow day.

While I can’t say I miss the snow, with the exception of the first magical one of the season, I obviously miss biscuits. Because duh, biscuits are awesome. They’re versatile too. This recipe is a perfect cake for your strawberry shortcake, a replacement for rolls at Easter or Thanksgiving, or for breakfast with scrambled eggs and bacon jam. Of course warm from the oven with a slathering of grass fed butter isn’t so bad, either.

not bad at all.

not bad at all.

all of the ingredients

all of the ingredients

crumbs

course crumbs

The dough is sticky, but can be dropped on parchment and shaped into rustic drop biscuits.

The dough is sticky, but can be dropped on parchment and shaped into rustic drop biscuits.

They'll come out of the oven looking like this. And smelling like heaven.

They’ll come out of the oven looking like this. And smelling like heaven.

Rainy Day Biscuits

makes 6 large biscuits

2.5 cups almond flour
3/4 cup arrowroot flour
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) cold butter, preferably grass-fed
2 tablespoons honey
2 eggs, preferably pastured
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, arrowroot, salt and baking soda. Combine with a whisk.
  • Cut the butter into 4-5 pieces and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or 2 knives. You’ll want the result to look like coarse crumbs, no larger than pea sized.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the honey and eggs.
  • Gently mix into the dry ingredients, but try not to over mix. You want it just to come together.
  • Drop the batter onto your prepared sheet with a large spoon. It helps to dampen your hands to shape them a bit- the dough is sticky. This recipe makes 6 large biscuits. (If you make smaller ones, adjust your cooking time accordingly)
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, but give them a peek after 10.

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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! These look perfect for Easter and I will be trying them out next week. MOST excellent!

    • Couldn’t wait until Easter. Made them on Friday and they WERE FANTASTIC!!!

      • I made them with hot cross bun spices! About to pull them out of the oven :) Smells divine.

        I’m in Sydney too!

      • Hey Allison – GREAT idea! I watched my partner and my bestie scoffing Sonoma ‘Not Cross Buns’ this morning and I was so jealous… I think I shall have to follow your lead.

      • Aah Sonoma bread…mmm! I won’t be eating that anytime soon sadly. I used a spice mix from Karen Martini’s hot cross bun recipe but tripled the spice amounts as I made double the amount of these rainy day biscuits. They were great, but definitely need to be eaten fresh from the oven.

  2. GORGEOUS…GORGEOUS…GORGEOUS PHOTOGRAPHY..You simply get better and better….

    Thanks for the tips/ideas for its versatility…I would love to use this with egg/brunch dishes…and as a shortcake biscuit!…Should I add a bit of a certain spice or flavoring to make them “speak” more as a dessert biscuit if I take this route?…Loving the idea of them with scrambles as well…or perhaps even as a “Benedict” base?….Thanks for your musings, eye-pleasing visuals and, of course, inventive and appreciated recipes.

    • Thanks, Donna! You could definitely add some vanilla or lemon zest to make them feel like more of a dessert. They’re not too sweet, which I like, but if you wanted them to be sweeter, you could add a bit more honey or sprinkle them with sugar, too.

      LOVE the idea of a Benedict base! Eggs Benedict is one of my very favorite breakfasts or all time, and next time I make these biscuits, I will definitely go all out and treat myself to a decadent brunch!

  3. Biscuits and bacon jam. Enough said.

    • Yeah!

  4. Just made these but subbed coconut sugar for the honey and they are amazing! Thank you!

    • But now my stomach hurts. Maybe the arrowroot?

      • Could you be sensitive to nuts? They are primarily almonds, and even ground into flour, nuts can be difficult for some people to digest.

      • Could be the arrowroot; but I agree with Ellen that it could be the almond flour too… Some people tolerate nuts really well, and others just don’t. Have you had issues with baked goods made from almond flour before? Do you usually consume dairy? I hope you feel better!

      • http://frugivoremag.com/2012/02/raw-food-101-why-you-should-always-soak-almonds/ I have problems with almond flour, too. Painful. I hope that soaking will help as I have a lot of almond flour on hand I wish to use. The article posted at the link above has more info about almonds I did not know about. It’s quite unsettling. Good health, all!

  5. These are AWESOME! Made them for dinner, and the whole family enjoyed them. My almond “flour” was more like meal than flour, so they had a bit of a cornbread texture. Delicious!!

  6. Omg almond flour makes me feel like I ate a brick but I use it anyway. The life of a blogger, lol.
    I made these too but subbed tapioca flour and some herbs. It doesnt look as good as Simone’s. Learn from the master!

  7. Lovely receipe! Don’t have arrowroot flour? Can i substitute it with more almond flour?

    • They might be a little heavier, since the arrowroot lightens them up a bit… But I think they’d still come out great. Let me know how they turn out!

  8. How about coconut flour instead of arrowroot? Would that work too?

    • coconut flour is completely different. There are probably recipes for paleo biscuits that use it; if you prefer coconut flour I’d just follow one of those.

  9. OMG…crumbly wonderful biscuits…amazing.

  10. I’m making these tonight, to go with green bean stew. I’m going to try dropping some of the dough into the pot, to make dumplings. This stew with dumplings is something my mother always used to make, and I’ve missed it so! Big time comfort food, perfect for a rainy day. My fingers are crossed they come out right. I’ll keep you posted :)

    • Tiffany, I’m curious… how did the dumplings turn out?
      -awingren

  11. Just thought I’d tell you this is one of my favorite recipes since I began changing my diet to a paleo template in recent months. I’ve altered it a few different ways to have a different sort of biscuit – just more variety, you know. I think this basic recipe is excellent by itself, or a perfect starting point for experimentation. Thank you so much for sharing! I have recommended these to a number of people.

    Ways I’ve altered the recipe:

    1. When I was on Whole30 for a month and eating no dairy or added sugars, including honey, I substituted the raw honey with dates that I mashed, substituted the ghee/butter with palmoil lard, and added cinnamon to taste.

    2. Add cinnamon to taste! A nice way to do a different flavor.

    3. Do 1 tsp of baking soda instead of 1/2 tsp. This makes them a bit fluffier. You’ll want to do a bit of extra honey or something sweet if you do this, just so you don’t taste the bitterness of the baking soda.

    4. Do double the raw honey :) This will make the mixture wetter, in which case you should add a bit more almond flour. I’ve added frozen blueberries to this as well. It seems the best way to cook them in this case is to lower the temperature 10 or 15 degrees and cook a few minutes longer. Keep your eye on them, don’t let them get to brown, but be aware that in the middle they may be a bit moist. Still ironing this out. They taste great this way though. Amazing. Especially if you eat nice and hot and spread butter on. Mmm.

    5. Do double (or more) the raw honey, add in 1/2 cup of rolled oats (vs needed to add more almond flour– the oats absorb the extra liquid) (you may need more than 1/2 cup – eyeball it) and cinnamon to taste. My boyfriend has declared this particular version as being equal to my famous cranberry oatmeal cookies, which I used to make for him regularly when I was still eating gluten, and which he would die for… So that’s saying something, lol.

    • Thanks Jade! I love all of your variations! I’m going to have to try the cinnamon version for sure.

  12. My second zen belly recipe that I’ve made. Loved it! Light texture, tasty! Thank you. My first recipe was the coffee cake, and I think I need to try it again to see if I did anything wrong because it did not turn out. Thank you!

    • I’m so glad you had better results with this one! :)

  13. Would Coconut Flour be a decent substitute for Arrow Root flour? I have Arrow Root in the spice shaker, but not 3/4 of a cup. “/ Thanks!

    • You might try tapioca, but coconut flour would require different ratios and probably extra egg.

    • coconut flour is entirely it’s own animal, acts much differently from other flours. Tapioca would be a better alternative, as Pamela mentions above! Or, you could even just use more almond flour; but they might be a bit heavier.

  14. How did I miss this in March? Trying these tomorrow—or maybe today.

  15. How long will these last? I want to make them ahead of time to have on vacation. :)

    • They freeze well! Make them whenever is convenient. ;-)

  16. I’m wondering if anyone has tried these without the honey for a 21DSD? I’m wanting to use them as savory with italian spices so I’m not too concerned with losing any sweetness. If I end up doing it (I’ll probably use lard too) I’ll be sure to let you know how they fare.

    • I think they would be fine without honey! Especially if you add some savory seasoning to them.

    • Well, I made these without the honey, using lard, adding fresh chopped rosemary and garlic powder. They were good, maybe just a touch dry, I might try extra large eggs or a smidge more lard in the future if omitting the honey. Then, after I ate one for dinner, I saw that no arrowroot is allowed on the 21DSD. Oops! I guess if that’s the worst ‘cheat’ I have then I’m not doing too bad.

  17. Just made these and they are SO GOOD! Thanks so much for the recipe.

    • So glad~ Thanks Liron!

  18. I’m allergic to all nuts. Do you think this will work with oat flour? Thanks!

    • nut flours and oat flours act pretty differently, so it wouldn’t be a 1:1 swap. The only thing I’ve found that you can sub nut flours with without altering the recipe is sunflower flour. If you want to use oat, it might be better to find a recipe that uses GF flours. Hope that helps!

  19. Snow day today in CT so I made your biscuits for the first time. Trying to follow your lead, finally. These were delicious!!! Like them better than my snow day biscuits. Even picky husband, you know who, loved them. Only problem – can’t stop eating them.

  20. I’m allergic to arrowroot. Can you recommend another flour to use?

    • Can you have tapioca? I use it interchangeably with arrowroot all the time, and it always works great. Or in general, just about any starch! Potato should work, too.

  21. I just had my son make these for a homework assignment. He had to make a recipe we have not tried yet. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!

    • How fun! I’m so glad I could help make homework a bit tastier :)

  22. Delightful. I have no idea why I waited so long to try them. Well, maybe my lack of restraint where freshly baked biscuits is concerned could be a factor.

  23. Before I went Paleo I had my go to recipes for baked goods, which took years to go through lots of recipes and find the best. I am doing the same thing for Paleo baked goods and your always come out on top!! I am just going end up with a collection of mostly your recipes, because they are always the best! Thank you!

    • That’s so great to hear, Maggie, Thanks so much! :)

  24. Yep, my family fell in love with these! Very easy to make and very tasty! I think part of the tastiness that my kids loved was all the honey, so I might cut back on it next time, maybe 1.5 Tbsp? We had these with some BBQ chicken but I think they could work just as well with strawberry shortcake!
    I’ll definitely keep these in mind for pairing with winter soups & stews!

  25. I’m allergic to eggs, can I use a flax or gelatin egg instead or applesauce? Thanks!

    • You could certainly try! I wouldn’t know for sure until I tried it, though.

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