8/19/11

carrot soup...

and biscuits...





What is the difference between biscuits and scones? Biscuits tend to be less sweet, more savory, can have things like cheese, bacon, onion in them. They are savory version of scones in UK and Australia. Sweet biscuits or shortcakes have more sugar, they taste great with strawberry and whipped cream.

Here are some facts about biscuits.
- They use the same technique as scones to create the dough.
- They are quick bread that leavened with baking powder and baking soda.
- They normally don't have egg and cream, just butter and milk.
- They normally come in round shape.
- They are served as a side dish.
- They are best eaten right from the oven.

Ingredients:
4 servings


for the soup (adapted from here)
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
- 1 lbs. carrot, sliced
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup half & half
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 green onion, thinly sliced for garnish

for rosemary cheddar cheese biscuit
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- pinch of black pepper
- 1/2 tbsp. sugar
- 2 oz. cool butter, cut into small cubes
- 2 tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
- 4 oz cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup buttermilk

for smoked turkey cheddar biscuit
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- pinch of black pepper
- 2 oz. cold butter, cut into small cubes
- 4 oz. smoked turkey, cut into small pieces
- 4 oz cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp. green onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup cold buttermilk
- 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup



Preparations:

for the soup
1. Heat the oil in the saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and ginger, and saute until onion is translucent.
2. Add the broth and carrot, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
3. Mix in orange juice, half & half, ground cinnamon, salt and pepper.
4. Using hand blender, blend the mixture to puree.
5. Remove from heat.

for both biscuits
1.Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Pulse together all dry ingredients in a food processor.
3. Add butter and pulse until it is cut into very tiny pieces.
4. Add cheese and pulse to distribute evenly.
5. With the food processor running, pour the milk (and maple syrup for smoked turkey biscuit) through the feed tube and process until the dough forms into a ball.
6. Knead the dough on the table, and shape it into a sheet with 1" thick.
7. Use the round cutter, cut out the biscuits.
8 Coat the top of each biscuit with egg wash.
9. Bake them for 15-20 minutes.


4 comments:

ButterYum said...

Yummo on the soup, but double yummo on the biscuits!! Great photos!!

:)
ButterYum

Phuoc'n Delicious said...

When I first heard of biscuits in the states, I had no idea what they were, my cousin looked at me as if I was crazy... We use the term biscuits to describe what you'd call cookies (although we also use cookies as well, they are kinda interchangeable).

It's still a little chilly here so this soup would definitely go down well. Looks good!

Thip said...

so american biscuit means savory scone for australian? :)

Phuoc'n Delicious said...

Yes pretty much! To me, they resemble scones but even that, scones are mainly meant to be sweet and had at high tea with jam and cream :) We don't really have that many savory scones..

Gotta love the cultural differences in food :)

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