Did you know there are Dog Psychologists?? It's the only kind of psychologist that does more talking than the patient. Lately, little Rosie and I have had several talk therapy sessions...where I expound on the virtues of going potty outside...I think she's starting to listen, I mean, she stares at me with her little eyes and I see her concentrating...I see her blinking in agreement...perhaps I missed my calling in life and all this time I should have been counseling dogs?!? So our talk therapy sessions are going great...and while Rosie is taking her time, you know, coming to grips with her behaviors and how she needs to change, I'm strictly adhering to our routine...standing out in the rain every three hours, walking around with smelly dog treats in my pockets, going to Pet Smart every other day to purchase new toys, treats, beds, carpet spray, etc.$$$!
One thing Rosie loves is being in the kitchen with me. She sits on the rug in front of the stove and watches my every move. She's learned that occasionally some little bit of something falls to the floor so the kitchen is her happy place...as it should be!
Making these biscuits will put you in a happy place - guarandamteed! First of all, there's bacon. Need I say more?
Bacon. Right there is one reason you should make these. Need another? Maple flavoring. One more? Dates...or you could use raisins, which I did the first time I made these and they provide just the right amount of sweet. And if you are still looking for another reason, here you go, buttermilk...it gives these biscuits a slight tang that plays ever so nicely with the sweetness of the dates and maple...this one is a keeper my friends. Tried, true and downright delicious. (Do not judge...I didn't have fresh buttermilk on hand the first time I made these, so I used the packaged "buttermilk" - which does work in a pinch or if you're desperate and you have to make them immediately and can't run to the store because you're in your pajamas!)
I haven't told you about the glaze...the maple glaze that is brushed on top of each biscuit as it comes piping hot from the oven. It's a game changer. Sticky-sweet - you'll be licking your fingers with glee...and no one will stop you, it's the right thing to do! Oh one more thing, these are easy to make and they freeze well...make a double batch - some today, some to give away (all 4 people I served these to asked for the recipe and then when I didn't sent it right away, they asked again! Now that should tell you something!) and some to enjoy on Super Bowl Sunday!
Bacon Maple Date Biscuits - Adapted From The Wandering Goose, Seattle, WA
5 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups (3 sticks) cold butter, diced
8 oz. chopped dates (about 2 cups or less if desired, and you can use raisins)
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup cold buttermilk
1 tablespoon maple extract
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in mixing bowl and mix on low. Add the butter and mix on low until the butter is the size of small peas, about 5 minutes. Add the dates and bacon, and with the mixer running on low, add the buttermilk and maple extract. Mix only until just blended, taking care not to over mix. The dough will be somewhat dry and crumbly. (Which makes for a very flaky and light biscuit!)
Place the dough onto a lightly flour surface, pat gently into a 1-inch thick round, and cut using a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter dipped in flour. (Do not twist the cutter as you cut the biscuits as this will seal the sides and the biscuits will not rise as high. Gather up the scraps and reshape into a disc to continue cutting until all the dough is used.) Set the biscuits on a baking sheet and brush the biscuits with melted butter. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through.
For the Maple Glaze: Combine the powdered sugar and syrup and mix until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, thin with a few drops of water. Drizzle over the cooled biscuits and serve.
Makes 24 biscuits.