; Supermarket Serenade: Quick Apple Cheddar Biscuits with Spicy Walnut Butter

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Quick Apple Cheddar Biscuits with Spicy Walnut Butter

It's prime apple season here in New England. As I sip my (fresh pressed) apple cider, savoring every juicy drop, I am reminded of how very fortunate we are to leave nearby to several beautiful apple orchards. I won't buy cider at any other time of the year other than the fall-it's just not worth it and quite honestly it makes the cups of cider I enjoy each fall that much more delicious.

With our towns close proximity to orchards it means our local supermarkets are also bursting with local apples-oh there are a few out-of-staters... a few New York apples or maybe even some Washington state ones...but honestly I would never buy them this time of year when our local orchards are filling the supermarket shelves with their apples.

First up are Cortland Apples...crisp and sturdy, Cortland apples are delicious for baking. They are a cross of McIntosh and Ben Davis varieties and get their name from Cortland County New York. But I picked mine right here in Connecticut.

I made apple biscuits using diced Cortland apples. I served the biscuits right from the oven with a spicy walnut butter.

Quick Apple Cheddar Biscuits with Spicy Walnut Butter

1 1/2 cups Heart Smart Bisquick
1/2 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
1 cup diced Cortland (Gala, Granny Smith or Rome would be fine also) Apples, peeled (about 1 apple)
1/2 cup fat free milk

4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a large bowl combine the Bisquick, cheddar, apples and milk; stir together using a wooden spoon. Drop biscuits 2 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 7-9 minutes. Serve warm with the spicy butter.

Makes 10 biscuits

To make the spicy butter, combine the softened butter, walnuts, cinnamon and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

Here are a few other super serving suggestions:
Serve warm with sausage patties
Spread with a bit of cream cheese and a few sliced roasted red peppers
Use for sandwiches made with regular or spiced ham
Serve as a "crouton" in a butternut squash soup


Lisa said...

These look so good.I've never made biscuits with apples before. I will hav eto try them.

Anonymous said...

These look really tasty. Love the butter!

Denise Clarke said...

YUM! Sounds so good ... lol!


Allie said...

Love all of your combos! How do you come up with this stuff? I know fruit and cheese goes together, but would have never thought about putting them together in biscuits.

The Blonde Duck said...

It sounds wonderful! You come up with the coolest things!

Jenny said...

Yum! Biscuits and apples? I love it!

Prudy said...

Fresh pressed cider? You're making me jealous. I'd love to try these biscuits as a sandwich as you recommended.

Cathy said...

Oh! I grew up in Connecticut (my family is still there) and your description of a New England autumn, and New England apples, brings tears to my eyes -- I MISS my motherland, especially with it still being in the mid-80s here in the South! We're coming up for a visit in November, but by then we'll have missed the peak of fall. I hear the weather was just spectacular for the past few days! These biscuits look seriously wonderful -- I can't wait to try them!

Robin Sue said...

Loving that butter, I have been on a butter kick big time. Just hope I don't kick from all the butter!!

That Girl said...

I'm drooling!

Bridgett said...

I am loving the butter! What a great combination with the apple in the biscuits. There is nothing better than fresh pressed cider this time of year. I agree, it is better only when enjoyed at peak season plus it is better than the store bought stuff you can get all year.

Grace said...

awesome, rustic-looking biscuits! i'm sure they're scrumptious on their own, but with that butter--wowza.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I'm drooling over here. I am bookmarking this one as a must try this weekend.

Mary said...

I think I could like these. I've never made biscuits with fruit. These look really tasty.

Anonymous said...

Holy cow that looks good! I just bought a bushel of apples about a week and half ago... I'm almost out!

Kim said...

Your likes remind me of mine. Oh, to walk the aisle of my favorite market. To come home and prepare a meal that I know is so far excellent of anything I could purchase in any restaurant. I enjoyed your blog