More biscuits. Are you surprised? Am I becoming that predictable?

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Honestly, I hope you guys are just as excited for new biscuits as I am because these are some of the best yet!

I’ve been thinking of making this biscuit for months. When I was with the Raisin group in September, one of the dishes we had for lunch one day had Earl Grey tea infused raisins, and I just couldn’t get them out of my head.

Tea soaked raisins, in biscuits, glazed with more tea and buttermilk.

How could these not be good?

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Even when I was mixing these up, I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to make these biscuits or scones, but I’ve figured out that it doesn’t really matter for me. I make them both the same way – same cold butter, same baking powder, same amount of sugar, same mix of egg and buttermilk.

So if you want them in squares or wedges, call them scones. If you want to use a biscuit cutter, they’re biscuits. Call them what you want, just make sure they’re part of your weekend.

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Buttermilk Biscuits with Earl Grey Soaked Raisins
Makes: 12-14 biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup hot Earl Grey Lavender or regular Earl Grey tea
  • 2 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1.5 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbsp butter, chilled and sliced or diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or set out a baking stone; set aside.
  2. Steep your Earl Grey tea and pour the hot tea over the raisins in a heat proof bowl. Let the raisins soak in the tea while the oven preheats and you mix your dough.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until mixture resembles coarse meal.  I use my hands to get everything mixed, but you can also use a pastry cutter or two forks.
  5. In another bowl, beat the eggs with the buttermilk.
  6. Make a well in the dry ingredients, and pour in the buttermilk mix. Use a fork to gently pull the sides of the dry ingredients down into the buttermilk, and keep stirring, gently, until the flour is incorporated.
  7. Scoop the raisins out of the tea, but keep the tea for now – don’t throw it out! Fold the raisins into the biscuit dough. Your dough will be shaggy, sticky, and may not hold together perfectly right now. This is okay!
  8. Turn out onto a floured pastry cloth or counter top and knead, gently, about 5-10 times, until the dough is no longer sticky and it is holding together.
  9. Roll or pat out into a 1-inch thickness.  Cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter.
  10. Place on your baking stone or baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix 2 Tbsp of buttermilk with 2 Tbsp of the leftover Earl Grey Tea. Brush the tea and buttermilk mixture over the tops of the biscuits.
  11. Bake at 425 degrees for 14-16 minutes until golden.

12 Responses to “Buttermilk Biscuits with Earl Grey Soaked Raisins”

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    Kathryn — January 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    These sound so lovely, a perfect little treat with a cup of tea!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    i LOVE cooking with early grey! I just freaking love it. Stunning biscuits.

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    Kasha the FarmGirl — January 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I’ll put the coffee on if you bring these over. They look fabulous!

    • admin replied: — February 28th, 2013 at 2:12 am

      Sounds good to me :)

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    A Tablespoon of Liz — January 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I love your idea of soaking the raisins in tea! How creative. It must bring so much more flavor than just soaking them in water.

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    Noble Pig - Cathy Pollak — January 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I seriously love this…very creative and lovely. What a fun treat.

    • admin replied: — February 28th, 2013 at 2:12 am

      Thanks!

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    Sues — January 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    What an awesome idea! raisins and Earl Grey… yum! I love your biscuit/scone obsession :) Also, I owe you an email… today!!

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    Shannon — January 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    these look absolutely amazing!! must pick up more buttermilk :)

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    Amy — January 26, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Have you tried making these gluten free? Would live to know how to change the recipe!!

    • admin replied: — February 28th, 2013 at 2:14 am

      I haven’t tried making these gluten free, but I’d be interested to see how they turned out! I’m sure you could use the Cup for Cup GF flour mix pretty easily, but I’m not sure about other flour mixes and ratios

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    Christina — February 18, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I can picture myself sitting down with a huge cup of tea with these, although I would probably eat about 6. :)

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