As I open cabinet after cabinet, I’m met with emptiness. The minimalist in me shouts for joy, but the rest of me, the part that is trying to live, cook, and eat in this kitchen screams in anguish (at least a little). I have one pot, one Pyrex microwave bowl, one cookie sheet, and a few dishes (plates, cups, forks, spoons, cereal bowls, etc.). I am running out of meals that can be prepared with this limited selection of tools. As I recall (after over a dozen moves) this is about the time that frozen or delivery pizza enters the scene.
Anyways, it was decided the other day that some of my hubby’s friends will be helping us move our furniture this weekend. I’m so grateful and excited about this help, but am now racking my brain to figure out what sort of breakfast treat to make for this moving crew. My husband asks for coffee cake or banana bread…sounds yummy, fairly easy, oh wait, no cake pan, no bread pan. I suggest biscuits, but we decide they can be too dry without butter or jam. I’m starting to run out of ideas and am even contemplating buying something instead (I’ll admit that pride is the motivating factor in this decision, I don’t want my lasting impression to be the wife that buys treats instead of baking them, although I also cringe at the thought of spending more money for store bought treats laced with extra preservatives). After mulling it over, we spent the morning experimenting with biscuit variations. We had tried this once before by adding sugar and chocolate chips to biscuit batter, but found these additions to make the batter very heavy and too dense. Our new approach-topping the biscuits. We tried four varieties.
Brown sugar/butter topping
Review-The brown sugar was sweet and the topping was even slightly crispy, but not enough of a solution. Still too bland to eat without a spread.
Syrup drizzled on top
Review-Sticky! The baked syrup was sweet, but this just wasn’t a winner.
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
Review-This was actually a pretty good option. The cinnamon gave it more flavor and the sugar hinted towards something sweet. We’re getting closer!
Review-This was also pretty good, but much of the glaze dripped off and made a sticky mess on the pans. Close, but not quite.
Our plan is to add the glaze halfway through the baking and then sprinkle with cinnamon. Yum! We are looking forward to trying them! It’s fun experimenting some, but I’d also welcome any advice on making biscuits a sweeter treat…or really any advice on cooking/baking in the midst of a move.