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Cheddar and Chive Drop Biscuits

My Mom would say in her sweet Kentucky accent, “Oh Honey, these are gonna be so good, you won’t be able to sit still and eat ’em!” Yup just like that, and she would be right! Mom’s are always right, haha.

Now I do not profess to be a professional biscuit makin’ maven by any means -our Little Granny was the queen of that scene…Simply put, I cheat! I will confess it right now. I do not carefully measure and knead and cut biscuits, nope. Instead I make a nice loose batter and “drop” the dough with an ice cream scoop, yes that’s right. It takes less than half the time, and the result is a light and flavorful biscuit that really could be a meal by itself.

The ingredients for these seem a bit unconventional, but it all works out, trust me. Feel free to tweak the chives, cheese, and garlic to suit your own tastes -won’t hurt my feelings I promise. Just let us know if you try out these scrumptious biscuits and what you did with the recipe. Give ’em a go!

Cheddar & Chive Drop Biscuits

These quick and easy drop biscuits go great with any meal!

2 Cups Flour

1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. Sugar

1 tsp. Salt

1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp. Paprika

2 Tbs. Fresh Chives, chopped fine

3 Cloves Minced Garlic

1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1 Cup Milk

1/2 Cup Melted Butter

1 Egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together. Then add the chives and the cheese until fully incorporated.

In the bottom of that same bowl, make a well in the center of the dry flour mixture, add the milk and butter into the well. Mix all of it together gently with a wooden spoon until just barely mixed. Dough should be sticky. Do not over mix, this will engage the flour too much and make the biscuits tough. So gentle is the key.

Drop by 1/4 Cups or an ice cream scoop onto a lightly sprayed pan 1″ apart. In a small bowl, beat the egg with a tablespoon of water and brush on top of the biscuits before baking.

Bake 15-18 minutes until lightly golden. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

I needed to get my baking fix in for the week.  The house wasn’t smelling like baked goods and I’m soooo not okay with that.  Neither are my children or the hubs.  They think something’s amiss if I’m not baking or cooking up a storm.  In reality, I had just been preoccupied with other things.  But really, what’s more important than food to a foodie? This situation needed to be remedied stat!

I knew just what I was going to bake.  It’s sweet, cinnamon-y, moist, chewy in the right spots and has a few crunchy spots too from the topping and swirled goodness.  It’s even drizzled with a powdered sugar icing *swoon*…my Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread.  Yep.  Time for a little less talk and more action!  Let’s get you started…

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread


¼ Cup Butter (softened)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla
2 Cups Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Baking Soda
½ tsp. Salt
1 Cup Buttermilk
½ Cup Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Sugar
¼ tsp. Ground Nutmeg (freshly grated is best)
1 Tbs. Ground Cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease a bread loaf pan and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, egg and vanilla.  Beat until well blended.

3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and mix together. Add these ingredients alternately with buttermilk to egg mixture above.

4.  In a small bowl, mix together swirl/topping ingredients.

5. Spread 1/3 of bread batter into prepared loaf pan.  Sprinkle with a 1/3 of swirl/topping mixture.  Take a bread knife and lightly drag it through the swirl/topping to create ‘swirling effect’.  Repeat layers twice, ending with swirl/topping sprinkled on top of bread batter.

6. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out almost clean.

7.  Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove and place on wire rack to finish cooling.

8.  When thoroughly cooled, drizzle with a powdered sugar glaze or icing. I used the Powdered Sugar Icing from our Cookin’ Up Sweet Treats eBook
that’s available now in the Amazon Kindle Store.  It was just perfect for this bread!

Tip: If you don’t keep buttermilk on hand at home, it’s easy to make your own!  Take one cup of milk and 1 Tbs. of white vinegar and combine.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes.  The vinegar ‘sours’ the milk and voila!  You’ve got homemade buttermilk that works great for baking!

Makes:  Approximately 8 servings

Really want a ‘slice’ of heaven?  Eat the bread fresh out of the oven with a nice schmear of butter.  Ahhhhh, bliss and possibly breakfast perfection!

Scratch Made Dinner Rolls in 40 Minutes

Perfect for Easter Dinner! You can have fresh homemade rolls in 40 minutes from scratch. No kidding!

I found a recipe and decided to play with it a little. I took a chance and the results were outstanding. Fast rolls from pantry to table in 40 minutes?? I know what you are thinking, I thought the same thing. “Sure they will be fast but, they will be dense little hockey pucks!” Nope, not even a little! They were fluffy and delicious! I believe bread flour would have been just great, but I did not have any on hand and just used regular all purpose and a little whole wheat! I used my trusty kitchen aid mixer which made this go very quickly.

Fast Fresh Rolls in 40 minutes

2 ¼ Cups Warm water
4 Tbs Yeast – regular is just fine, Rapid Rise works too!
¼ Cups Sugar
1/3 Cup Canola oil
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Salt
1 Cup Whole Wheat flour
5 Cups regular All-Purpose Flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In the bottom of the mixing bowl, add the water, yeast and sugar, give a gentle stir and let stand 3-4 minutes. Attach the dough hook, then add the oil, eggs, salt, whole wheat flour and 2 C. regular flour. Mix very well, perhaps a minute. Then add the rest of the flour gently.
Knead in mixer until sides are clean. 3-4 minutes. Remove hook and let dough rest for 10 minutes.

Then make your desired shaped rolls and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Let rest again for another 10 minutes. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. And that’s it! Super Easy!