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Chocolate Buttermilk Biscuits with Orange Blackberry Compote

Weekends have become a bit odd in our house.  While others are settling down to a couple of days of extra sleep, frantic last minute Christmas shopping, and good food, my hubby is waking early, scampering to work and eating out of a pack.  I try to brighten his lunch pail with something a bit “surprising”, but let’s be honest: a pail is still a pail.  I could go all bento on him, but he has simple tastes and I wouldn’t want to force food on him that he doesn’t like just because it’d make my culinary heart sing.

So, I plan for when he comes home.  Seeing as how his shift is from crack of dawn to dead of night, I plan for a nice nibble that’s homey, suits his tastes, and makes me happy in the kitchen.  Last night, I stumbled across this recipe from Adrianna’s beautiful blog A Cozy Kitchen.  The recipe was Chocolate Buttermilk Biscuits and it was not only delicious, but gorgeous as well.  I tweaked it a bit, as usual, and scaled down the butter, lightened the “buttermilk”, but added chocolate chips for texture.  When hubby came home he immediately knew I had baked something and it was worth it to see his smile. 🙂

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In the photo on Adrianna’s blog, she has my favorite strawberries mixed with sugar and lemon. I would have loved to have topped my soft, flaky biscuits with strawberries but, sadly, they’re out of season and much too expensive.  I dug around in my freezer past the rhubarb (I didn’t think hubby would be quite so keen on that), past the raspberries (although I did keep them in mind in case I didn’t have anything else) and took out the blackberries.

I boiled a bit of water (1/4 cup), some splenda (2 packets), half an orange, a splash of vanilla (1 tsp) and a sprinkling of potato starch (1 tbsp) and 15 minutes later, I had a compote that paired wonderfully with the chocolate in the biscuits.

I was able to get about 13 biscuits from the recipe using a 2 inch cutter.  In order to curb snacking, I only baked 4 for the weekend and froze the rest of the unbaked cut rounds in the freezer for future nibbles.  I figure if Pillsbury can do it, so can I.  Hopefully that holds true and they’ll bake up just fine. 🙂

Chocolate Buttermilk Biscuits with Orange Blackberry Compote

(Note:  This recipe is adapted from Adrianna’s recipe at A Cozy Kitchen. My changes are in red.)

 Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tbsp dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 3 packets Splenda (or 2 tbsp sugar)
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, cold (I put mine in the freezer for about 10 minutes as I prepped) (or 6 oz butter, still cold)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup skim milk + 2 tsp vinegar (let sit for at least 5 minutes to turn into “buttermilk”) (or 1/2 cup real buttermilk)
  • 1 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl (or plastic bag), mix flour, cocoa, splenda, baking powder and soda, and salt (shake bag to mix and pour out into a large bowl). Add chopped chocolate chips.
  2. Using a large grater, grate the butter into the bowl.  Mix the butter into the flour with your fingers until it resembles small peas.  Chill in fridge about 10 minutes.
  3. Melt chocolate in a medium bowl (I used the microwave). Set aside.
  4. Whisk together your egg, “buttermilk” and yogurt.  Slowly pour the mixture into the chocolate as you whisk.  Whisking will help the chocolate from seizing up and turning solid.  The resulting mixture should resemble chocolate milk.  Some dairy lumps will still be visible and that’s fine.
  5. Pour the liquid into the flour mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  6. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 5-6 times.  Pat dough down into about an inch thick and cut out rounds.  Place rounds on lined cookie sheet and set sheet in fridge to chill.
  7. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  8. Place sheet into oven and bake for 10 – 15 minutes.  Her recipe called for 15-17 min but my oven’s temp must be off a bit.

Cool slightly, split, top with compote or berries of your choosing, and whipped topping.  So delicious and it makes your house smell like warmed chocolate. 🙂