Hot Buttered Rum Biscuits
Oh hi! I’m still alive and still cooking, albeit strategic, it’s still happening. A lot has happened since I last shared anything with you and trust, I plan to dig deep into all of that at some point. But right now, I need you to direct your attention to these Hot Buttered Rum Biscuits – Good Lordt! Sharing this biscuit recipe is timely, as February marks my favorite season for blogging because this time every year, I get to bring together 27 other black bloggers for our Annual Black History Month Virtual Potluck. You can jump ahead and check out their amazing recipe contributions below.
Let me rewind and catch you up on the most important thing that has happened since we left off. I’ll have you know that Ms. MeikoAndThedish is now a Mrs. Definitely upgraded my life and married a chef. Had I known marrying a live-in cook would make my life this much easier I would have done it a whole hell-of-a-lot sooner. Not to mention, I get a built-in helper for all my crazy recipe ideas. As a matter of a fact, that hand you see drizzling the Hot Buttered Rum Sauce on the biscuits – yep, that’s his hand. Marriage for me equals permanent hand model with no pay – at least not in the traditional sense.
Anyways, back to the biscuits. So for the last three weeks I have been agonizing over the perfect buttermilk biscuit recipe. I tested recipes for optimal height, density, tenderness, golden brown color … the list goes on. In my head, I really wanted a mile-high biscuit that towered all others but as I tested and tweaked, I soon realized that height meant scaling my baking soda in which case also meant I was left with this residual bitter, metallic taste that was no bueno.
I tweaked some more and decided to sacrifice a bit of height for downright good flavor and texture and my recipe for buttermilk biscuits was born. The process of making biscuits taught me some interesting things, like the fact that I really don’t like leaving my hands dirty for extended periods of time. When making homemade biscuits getting your hands dirty is inevitable. But I found myself washing my hands after shaving the butter, then after cutting the shortening, then after kneading the dough and then again after rolling the dough. I knew my hands were just going to get dirty again but I couldn’t stop. It was such a strange realization and of course my husband made fun of me the entire time. If you can bare it, I would recommend that you just keep your hands covered in flour until you are done rolling the dough.
TIPS FOR MAKING HOMEMADE BISCUITS
Besides keeping soiled hands, there are a few other key tips that I would recommend you adhere to when making homemade biscuits:
- Keep your ingredients cool
- Keep your tools cool
- Flour your surfaces and tools
- Sharp cuts
- Don’t use butter to brush your biscuits
- A blend of shortening and butter makes for a much softer biscuit
- Don’t over-knead your dough
Once you make the biscuits, the hard part is over. From there I’d typically make a honey butter compote to lather on the biscuit, however; I decided to go a new route since these record low temperatures have me craving warm cocktails like Hot Buttered Rum.
A LITTLE BITE OF BLACK HISTORY
Since it’s Black History month I think it’s appropriate to share some Black History as it relates to this recipe. Not so fun fact, the sugar cane and rum industries were built on the backs of the enslaved. While Caribbean slaves harvested sugar, the refinement process produced the by-product molasses, which when fermented (and later distilled) turns into alcohol. This alcohol produced by plantation slaves was the origin of the rum we know and love today.
WHAT IS HOT BUTTERED RUM?
Hot buttered rum is warm and silky cocktail that is very popular during the winter. It’s main ingredients include rum, water, butter and brown sugar; while some fancier variations may also include spices like cinnamon, cloves, allspice and warm milk. The cocktail is like rum’s flex on a hot toddy and its addition of butter makes it the comfort food equivalent of cocktails.
You typically make a hot buttered rum by adding a butter brown sugar compote to rum and warm water but in my case, I decided to explore the duality of the cocktail making a Hot Buttered Rum Sauce instead of a compote. With that slight shift in preparation I was able to add my sauce to make the cocktail and/or drizzle it atop my delicious buttermilk biscuits.
The recipe details for how to make both the hot buttered rum sauce and the buttermilk biscuits are below. Just note that this sauce isn’t only limited to these two items. I already have plans for adding it to my ice-cream and bread pudding in the very near future. I would implore you to get adventurous with this sauce too. And while you are it, make sure you check out the recipes of the other super talented bloggers who are participating in this year’s Black History Month Virtual Potluck below.
Black History Month Virtual Potluck
28 recipes from the best black food bloggers from around the web
Beautiful Eats & Things | Okra, Corn, & Tomato Chicken Stew
Beyond The Bayou Blog | Mackerel Balls With Biscuits & Cane Syrup
B Sugar Mama | Red Beans and Rice
Butter Be Ready | Caribbean- Curry Goat with Rice and Peas
Cooks with Soul | Boudin balls
D.M.R. Fine Foods | Spice Roasted Chicken
Dash of Jazz | Soul Food Power Bowl
Dish it with Tisha | Jamaican Curry Chicken
Domestic Dee | Chicken Sliders
Eat.Drink.Frolic. | Bourbon + sweet potato pie
First and Full | Homemade Peach Pie
Food Fidelity | Nashville Hot Shrimp Sandwich
Food is Love Made Edible | Smothered Okra with Chicken and Smoked Sausage
Foodie In New York | Chess Pie
Immaculate Bites | Pimento Cheese
Kaluhi’s Kitchen | Pilipili & Rosemary marinated mbuzi choma with Kachumbari
Kenneth Temple | Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Marisa Moore Nutrition | Sweet and Spicy Roasted Cabbage
Meiko And The Dish | Hot Buttered Rum Biscuits
My Life Runs On Food | Southern Style Caesar Salad
Rosalynn Daniels | Osso Bucco
Savory Thoughts | Haitian Patty
Simply LaKita | Fried Okra
Sweet Tea & Thyme | Spiced Peach Shortcakes
That Girl Cooks Healthy | Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce
The Hungry Hutch | Cornbread Dressing
The Seasoning Bottle | Guava Short Ribs
Whisk It Real Gud | Banana Bread
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup 48 grams vegetable shortening (chilled)
- 2 tablespoons 28 grams unsalted butter (frozen)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
Hot Buttered Rum Sauce
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup spiced rum + 2 tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1 stick of unsalted butter divided into tablespoons
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
For Buttermilk Biscuits
- Preheat oven 450 degrees. The shortening should be at least chilled and butter should be frozen.
- In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar until thorough blended
- Cut the shortening into small pieces. Add it to the bowl with your flour blend and work the butter into the flour with your hands or a fork. Just squeeze the ingredients between your fingers to break up the butter until you achieve a crumbly consistency. Use cold hands and try work quickly, so the butter doesn't melt.
- Grate the frozen butter with a box grater, then fold it into the dry ingredients.
- Create a well in the middle of the bowl. Pour in chilled buttermilk in the center of the well the around the edges of the bowl. Use the rubber spatula to fold in the ingredients together trying to incorporate the wet with the dry. Continue to fold until the dough pulls away from the edges of the bowl.
- Lightly flour your surface and hands then knead dough 3-4 times until the ingredients come together. Use a floured rolling pin and roll dough into a rectangular-ish shape. Fold twice and roll out again. Repeat roll and fold 3 more times and then cut into 12-15 rounds using 2-inch cookie cutter. You can repeat the roll and fold process if you have any excess dough.
- Place biscuit onto a prepared baking sheet or baking mat. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of shortening and brush the tops of each biscuit. Place into oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- In a medium sauce pan on medium high heat, add brown sugar, vanilla, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and 1/2 cup of rum. Continue to stir until all sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a strong boil.
- Reduce heat to medium, allow mixture to reduce and thicken and stir occasionally.
- Once the mixture reaches desired thickness (approximately 10 minutes) stir in butter a tablespoon at at time. Then stir in salt and remaining 2 tablespoons of rum. Serve.
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