In true Girl Versus Dough fashion, I bring these lemon poppy seed biscuits to you only six to eight months after I first thought of them. They’ve been in my phone’s Notes and in my hopes and dreams every day since then, and now here they are, just for you, just in time for Christmas breakfasts and brunches and other holiday get-togethers where biscuits are always welcome.
To be honest, I was waiting so long because I wanted to make them with a very special flour, one that I’ve been wanting to bake with for, like, years now. So to say these biscuits have been a long time coming is a grand understatement. But they were so worth the wait.
Guys and gals, can you believe it? We are practically two weeks away from Christmas! I just got my decorations up yesterday (#moving #somanyboxes #sendhelpandcookies) but I’ve been in the festive spirit since Thanksgiving. Thank you Mariah Carey.
In case you’re like me and you still have plenty of Christmas shopping to do, may I suggest cuddling up this weekend to your couch, your favorite online store, a cup of coffee and a plate of this chai spiced cinnamon roll pull apart bread? Bonus points if you do it in flannel pajamas by the Christmas tree and/or a fire. It could not be more holiday-perfect.
Behold: Your new favorite cinnamon roll. Brown butter, pumpkin, cinnamon roll ooey-gooeyness. Four ingredients to sweet breakfast perfection.
Have you ever wanted pumpkin pie and cinnamon rolls for breakfast? Have you ever wanted to try brown butter mixed with pumpkin and spices? Have you ever wanted to eat a cinnamon roll nearly as big as your face that contains all the flavors of fall while also maintaining its classic cinnamon roll-ness?
Yeah, me too.
We can thank these brown butter pumpkin cinnamon rolls for giving us all of our wants and needs and more.
Now HERE’S the way to get your daily dose of vegetables. Just stuff them in a soft, cheesy, pull-apart roll.
I’ve never really been one to turn up my nose at veggies (except for carrots, which I’m kind of iffy about unless they’re in this form), but that’s not the case for the rest of the humans I live with in this house. The small human has an aversion to all veggies except those that can be dipped in ketchup, and the tall human will only gladly eat vegetables that are on top of a frozen pizza. So I am often alone in being excited about eating salads and such.
But these stuffed pull-apart sweet potato rolls? They were accepted by all, with much gladness. And this made me so, so happy.
Easter is just around the corner (seriously, it’s coming up on us RIGHT QUICK) and I don’t know about you, but I’m already thinking about brunch. It’s what I do.
Many years in my youth, my family would go to the restaurant Easter brunch buffet. Sometimes this wasn’t so bad — I would get my fill of that prime rib station and a plate full of mini cheesecakes. Other years, not so much. Once, I encountered an extremely hot outdoor tent buffet with supposed-to-be-cold kale salad that was melting into a puddle of ice cubes-turned-water next to a tray of cheese cubes that were fused together by the sun’s death rays (though also, perhaps, banding together as a way to survive), and a terrifying man-size bunny that greeted every table with his terrifying man-size immobile bunny face. I think there also might have been an entire family in overalls and flannel, if memory serves.
This year, I’m avoiding any potential chances for a recurrence of things past while also graduating beyond the prime rib/mini cheesecake situation. I’m bringing this chocolate cinnamon roll wreath front and center instead.
I’m snacking on mango slices, baking a cake and writing about these whole wheat chocolate chip banana scones all at once — in other words, I’m living out the thesis of my food life.
It’s a bit of a metaphor for how my brain has felt lately, too — a little all over the place, a little chaotic, a little nonsensical. This week was crazier than expected and so, apologies for leaving you hanging last Thursday (but I hope you were cool with a few extra days to ogle over this gnocchi situation). Hopefully things in my life and on this blog will be back on track.
Now before we get to these scones — the reader survey results! In the Week of Crazy, I realized that I accidentally converged last year’s survey with this year’s survey, so the graphs I was planning to show of each response were all askew. D’oh. Thankfully, I was able to scroll through individual answers from this year, and you guys — thank you. So much. You all are incredibly thoughtful and insightful and downright kind. Overall, it seems like this space is just as enjoyable for you as it is for me, and I’m going to take that into account along with a few of your suggestions and constructive criticisms. (Also, if you want to know more specifics about the results this year, feel free to e-mail me!)
Aaaaaand now, these scones. Whole wheat chocolate chip banana scones, also known as “cookies” to the tot (her words, not mine), which I’m OK with because these are some of the healthiest “cookies” she’ll ever enjoy for breakfast.