Are you a sweets person for breakfast? Or savory?
I love a good cinnamon roll or quick bread for breakfast but it leaves me hungry for more. And more. And more. I also want something quick and easy. Our days start early around here (kids’ choice, not mine!!) but I don’t function at full-capacity until a couple hours into the day.
I came across this recipe about a year ago in an old issue of Cook’s Illustrated. Perfect! Its quick and easy to throw together, I can mix up the dry ingredients to keep as a mix and two of these keep me satisfied. They are so tender (if you’re careful not to overmix) and the balance of flavors are just right.
6 strips bacon, diced (I substitute the real bacon bits from Costco)
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4-1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1 cup buttermilk, cold
8 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly (about 5 minutes) plus 2 tablespoons melted for brushing biscuits
Heat oven to 450. Fry bacon until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer bacon to paper towel and cool.
Combine flour, black pepper, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, bacon and salt. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk and 8 tablespoons of melted butter, stirring until butter forms small clumps. Pour into flour mixture and stir until just combined.
Using a greased 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop batter and drop onto greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake until golden brown, about 13-15 minutes. Brush with melted butter. Remove to cooling rack.
To reheat, cook at 300 for approximately five minutes or until warm.
I use the real bacon bits from Costco in place of the bacon. I don’t have a measurement, though. I just add them until they are spread throughout and appear like I’ll get a piece of bacon in every bite! Maybe 1/4-1/3 cup?
These freeze really well! I reheat them at 300 for about 15 minutes.