Joy the Baker

Sweet Corn Biscuits (in real life)

July 15, 2012

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I really should come clean.  This is a pretty obvious confession, but it’s worth stating.

The truth is, I only show you a small part of what goes on in my home kitchen.  That usually looks like clean, overhead shots of neatly organized ingredients, piles of chocolate chunks, and stacks of cookies.  We seem to have an understanding.  I try to make things extra pretty and wonderfully delicious, and you (hopefully) run to your kitchen and bust out the butter.

I love making things pretty for you, but I sometimes worry that all of this sets up an unrealistic standard in your mind.  Maybe that’s why I’m always over-sharing that my thighs rub together, I used to have frizzy bangs, and  I’m unnaturally afraid of spiders.  The styled shots make me want to confess my crazybrain… just to be more real.

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Today, I thought I’d just relax a bit and give you a more full picture.  It’s a relief, really.  Let’s just cook!

We’re on the counter with the canisters out, a mess being made, and I’m totally butter-staining and corn spattering my new Clinton St. Bakery Cookbook.  And go!

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If you’ve been around this blog for any amount of time, you’ve seen me incorporate butter and shortening into flour a million times over.

This particular recipe is an equal combination of butter and vegetable shortening.  Flavor and texture!

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Because I can’t seem to leave well enough alone, I added sweet corn to these buttermilk biscuits.

I think sweet corn is best toasted over the gas range.  It’s super easy too!

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These are the happenings above my toasting corn.  Kittty kit cat.

This is also the part where you get a peek at my poorly organized kitchen cabinets.  These are not the cabinets you see on Pinterest… that’s just real.

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Let’s cut the corn!

I like this.  I just wanted to stop everything and eat this sucker as-is.

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Cut off the cob.

This tends to be a mess.  Corn shrapnel everywhere.

Luckily my cat eats the shrapnel off the kitchen floor.  It’s like my little living vacuum cleaner.

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Corn is tossed with the flour and fat mixture.  Easy… right?

This is also the part of my biscuit baking adventure when I realized that I am out of buttermilk.

Yep.  That’s real.

I did find nonfat Greek yogurt and heavy cream in my fridge… which I can totally make work.

1/2 cup Greek yogurt + 1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon heavy cream = sorta buttermilk!

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Dry ingredients + Wet ingredients.

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Yes, it looks a little shaggy, but with a bit of kneading it will come together.

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I dump the shaggy mixture out onto a floured board and knead it for 10 or so turns… until it comes together into a disk.

No pretensions… just makin’ biscuits.

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Cover this disk with plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge.

Give the flour a chance to meld with the wet ingredients.  This is also just enough time to check your emails and Instagram a picture or two.  No bigs.

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A quick and easy rolls makes for thick biscuits.

I love this set of round biscuit cutters.  I use these rounds for things like Old Fashioned Doughnuts, Lavender Cookies, and any random circle tracing I might need to do.

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I have a habit of nipping dough and tasting it.

This usually ruins my appetite… until warm biscuits come out of the oven… then I’m good to go all over again.

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Parchment lined, butter still out, flour sprinkled, cream brushed.  You know… the usual.

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These biscuit darlings are ready for the oven!

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While the biscuits bake, I set start to set the stage.

The stage is really just my living room floor.  It’s nothing fancy… that’s for sure.   The black boards are these awesome chalkboard placemats.  The plates are a mix of on-sale Anthropologie, vintage, and random maybe Target linens.

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Does this look familiar?  It’s coming together!

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I quite like this new-to-me Clinton St. Bakery Cookbook.  The biscuits are sweet and tender… the perfect complement to the sweet corn.  They bake up perfectly rounded and golden brown with a tender but dense crumb.  This dough can be prepared and rested overnight in the fridge, as the recipe suggests.  I found these  biscuits lovely with just about an hour of resting in the fridge.  Because they’re a rested biscuit, these make a pretty stellar brunch menu addition.

I topped my biscuits with a homemade Peach and Habanero Jam and a goat’s milk Brie cheese.  I ate two, (not pictured)… that’s real.

Sweet Corn Biscuits

makes 6 to 8 biscuits

adapted from Clinton St. Bakery Cookbook

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2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes

3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, cold and cut into small cubes

3/4 cup cold buttermilk (I used 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt mixed with 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream)

1 cup fresh corn kernels

heavy cream and coarse ground sea salt for topping

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.  Add cold butter and shortening.  With your fingers, quickly break up the fat into the dry ingredients.  Rub the fats into the dry ingredients until well incorporated.  Some butter pieces will be the size of small peas, other will be the size of oat flakes.  Toss in corn kernels.  Stir to incorporate.

Create a small well in the center of the flour mixture.  Add buttermilk all at once.  With a fork, quickly bring together the wet and dry ingredients.  The dough will be rather shaggy.  Dump dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.  Knead dough about 10 times, bringing it together into a disk.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour, or overnight.

When ready to bake, place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out biscuit dough into a 3/4 or 1-inch thickness.  Use a 1 1/2 to 2-inch round biscuit cutter to cut out biscuits.  Dip the cutter in flour should it get sticky.  Place biscuits about two inches apart on prepared sheet.  Reshape and reroll excess biscuit dough to make more biscuits.

Brush biscuit tops with a bit of heavy cream and sprinkle with coarse ground sea salt.  Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until biscuits are cooked through and golden brown.  Remove from the oven.  Serve warm.  Biscuits will last for up to three days although I think they’re best served the day they’re made.  


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  • Yum! These look perfect. My only problem with biscuits is that I’m the only one in our house who eats them. (Now really, is that a problem??). Love the behind-the scenes look, and the suggestion for circle cutters!

  • Thanks for sharing! I think people relate even better to bloggers when they see that all is not Martha Stewart-land but totally real life. Also, you hit the nail on the head with the phrase “corn shrapnel.” Perf.

  • I totally love this post! I’m always so curious what the kitchens of my favorite bloggers look like, and I liked this little peek :)

  • Thanks for sharing chica. I love those chalkboard placemats.

  • It’s such a relief for me to know that your kitchen is not as tidy as I thought…mine is way much worse than yours but I guess that’s part of me being just a rookie!

  • I love this. I especially love your crazy cat on top of the cupboards! How does he get up there? My dog is mostly floor/couch bound (but does also work as a tiny living vacuum cleaner).
    (Your kitchen is still super pretty)

  • joy, it’s good to know that there is a kind, human soul behind all those stunning pics & delicious recipes :) love the idea of these sweet corn biscuits.

  • Dear Joy, thanks for letting us see behind the curtains. I usually take my photos on the floor too… but my kitchen is far more messy than yours ;-)

  • it’s beautiful simplicity!

  • Love your kitty, your corn charring action, your Anthro plates and the pics of your kitchen and all these pretty biscuits!

  • Love love love the reality. I always admire your photography and styling, but these shots are comforting and just as appealing. They seem less magazine-y and more person-y. Also, they’re more action-y. Wow, ok, it’s time to go to bed. Making up words here!

    I just started (food-ish) blogging last year, and I always find it strange when my friends/acquaintances start to identify me by photos of finished dishes and recipes. Don’t they know that without a dining table, I eat standing up at the kitchen counter, that the only place where I can take photos of food is either on the ground or on this little thing I call a “tv dinner” table? But more, don’t they know that these days, I’m so busy cramming for the bar that I’ve discovered the amazing (really, amazing) gift that is the freezer (and late-night diners, and the occasional McDonald’s fries…not so occasional)?

    What people eat under stress/necessity/ravenous hunger is fascinating! So many stories there.

    Thank you for sharing, and hi, cat!

  • Thanks for keeping it real! That is exactly why your blog is one of my favorites!

  • You still seam to have a pretty tidy kitchen!!! It’s fun to see someone else use their living room floor as a set, makes me feel less guilty!

  • I love the zoomed-out pics, especially of the floor. May I recommend the Brookies recipe in that cookbook? (Brownies+Cookies=Brookies–cute, right?) They are among my favorite chocolate cookies this year.

  • Thanks for the fun peak behind the scenes in your kitchen. :) Your cupboards look pretty organised to me! I have got to try cooking sweetcorn over the gas range soon.

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