Oct 31
2010

Cream Biscuits with Prosciutto & Parmesan Cheese Recipe & Halloween Traditions

Cream Biscuits with Prosciutto & Parmesan Cheese Recipe

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In many homes, Halloween is the kick-off for the holiday season. Actually, it is more like the eccentric, oddly-dressed cousin of Thanksgiving and Christmas. From decking out our house with hanging styrofoam spiders and cobwebs to taking the liberty of dressing up as any character that strikes our fancy, Halloween has become one of our favorite holidays. It is also the time of year when we pull out our favorite soup and chili recipes. And what are soup and chili without corn muffins or biscuits to dip into them? This version of cream biscuits is filled with salty prosciutto, Parmesan cheese, and savory scallions. They freeze well, so think about making a double batch so that you have extras on hand for your next comfort meal.

Of course, Halloween is not just about dressing up in crazy costumes and eating candy and comfort foods. Rather, it is a time to be together as a family, engaging in holiday activities as well as fun chores around the house. The enormous cottonwood tree in our backyard has an affinity for dropping most of its leaves right around Halloween, as though it senses it is the appropriate time to expose its gnarled and barren branches. Raking marathons and leaf fights prompt the annual game of “rising from the grave”.

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Carving pumpkins leads to great delight as my boys revel in gut-squishing while they are separating the pumpkin innards from the seeds in preparation for our Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.

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I always like to hear about other families’ Halloween and autumn traditions, so please feel free to share yours in the comment section. Happy Halloween!

The recipe:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F, with the rack set in the lower-middle position. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

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In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in chopped prosciutto, finely grated Parmesan cheese, and sliced scallions.

Stir in cream until dough forms, about 30 seconds. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough briefly, about 30 seconds, until smooth. With your hands, press the dough into a 3/4-inch thick round. Dip a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit or cookie cutter into flour. Cut out 16 to 20 biscuits, patting the scraps together as necessary.

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Place the biscuits, upside down, on the prepared baking sheets, with about 1 inch between biscuits. If there are more than 16 biscuits, it may be necessary to bake some of the biscuits on a third baking sheet.

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Bake the biscuits, one sheet at a time, until lightly browned, about 15 minutes, turning the baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer the biscuits to a wire rack. They are best served warm, but can also be served at room temperature.

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Other biscuit recipes:

Cookin’ Canuck’s Mini Sweet Potato Biscuits
Cookin’ Canuck’s Mini Pepper Biscuits with Creamy Blue Cheese Spread
Homesick Texan’s Biscuits
Two Peas and Their Pod’s Bacon Cheddar Drop Biscuits
How To: Simplify’s Cheddar & Parsley Biscuits
Gastronomy’s Maple Bacon Biscuits

Cream Biscuits with Prosciutto & Parmesan

4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 cups heavy cream
4 oz. prosciutto, chopped
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 scallions, green and white sections thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F, with the rack set in the lower-middle position. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in chopped prosciutto, finely grated Parmesan cheese, and sliced scallions.

Stir in cream until dough forms, about 30 seconds. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough briefly, about 30 seconds, until smooth. With your hands, press the dough into a 3/4-inch thick round. Dip a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit or cookie cutter into flour. Cut out 16 to 20 biscuits, patting the scraps together as necessary. Place the biscuits, upside down, on the prepared baking sheets, with about 1 inch between biscuits. If there are more than 16 biscuits, it may be necessary to bake some of the biscuits on a third baking sheet.

Bake the biscuits, one sheet at a time, until lightly browned, about 15 minutes, turning the baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer the biscuits to a wire rack. They are best served warm, but can also be served at room temperature.

Makes 16 to 20 biscuits.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tara October 31, 2010 at 4:18 pm

They look great, Dara!

We're not big into traditions. This year we scrapped pumpkin carving and went to pumpkin painting instead.

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2 Frieda October 31, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Traditions are so much fun and so important~ I just figured out how to make flakey, tender biscuits, and your recipe looks like I can take biscuit making to a whole 'nother level! Thanks!

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3 Fromagette October 31, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Wow, this is just the way I want to start this cold rainy Sunday! Perfect with soup!

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4 Catherine October 31, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Oh my these look wonderful and delicious! Perfect accompanimant to any fall dinner!
Cheers~

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5 Barbara Bakes October 31, 2010 at 6:40 pm

So fun to see your beautiful family. The biscuits look scrumptious.

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6 Kalyn October 31, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Cute pictures of the kids having fun! As for the biscuits, oh my. Maybe it's a *good* thing I don't live next door to you. I could never resist biscuits like this.

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7 warmvanillasugar November 1, 2010 at 11:19 am

Great combination for a biscuit! I love this.

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8 Peggasus November 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm

These look delicious and I will make them, but you forgot to note the amount of cream needed. Thanks!

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9 casey November 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm

how much cream do you add?

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10 Maria November 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I love the photos! Jumping in leaves is always fun. Great recipe too!

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11 Jenny November 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Whoa, these are sooo going on my list of things to make this week! Yum Dara!

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12 Devaki November 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Such a great recipe Dara – I could live on a diet of biscuits/scones/cornish splits if I didn't have to worry about the size of my hips!

I adore how you combine the most marvellous flavors.

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

PS – Love how you coined Halloween the 'oddly-dressed-cousin'….what a great term!

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13 Pretend Chef November 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm

My kind of biscuits! The salty-ness from the proscuitto did it for me. I have such a savory tooth and this would be just what I need! With just starting our own little family we have yet to establish any real traditions. This year we did the pumpkin patch, craving, roasting the seeds, apple cider, and trick-or-treating. Hopefully we'll just keep adding to the list.

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14 doughmesstic November 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Of course these biscuits look great – but I really enjoyed seeing you and your family photos. Can't wait to see you again – for real!

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15 Amy November 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Cute photos!

And yummy biscuits. I'm going on a ladies retreat soon and these would be perfect to accompany breakfast!

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16 Angie November 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Your boys are too cute, looks like they had a blast, and I love this recipe, yummy!

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17 marla {family fresh cooking} November 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm

These biscuits look delicious. Funny how Halloween is the kick off to the more "serious" fall/winter holidays. Glad to see how much fun you guys had over there. Your boys are adorable frolicking in those fall leaves! xo

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18 A Canadian Foodie November 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm

I have always called these baking powder biscuits or tea biscuits. Cream biscuits is a completely new term to me… we love them at our house, and this addition would send anyone over the moon!
:)
Valerie
(The newspaper on the table with the pumpkin innards and your little fella reminded me of my childhood Hallowe'ens!)

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19 Tracy November 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

These look so good! Thanks for including those other recipes, too – now I have a nice collection of biscuit recipes!

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20 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker November 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm

This Italian girl can never get enough prosciutto! I need to make these biscuits ASAP!

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21 Cookin' Canuck November 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Thank you for all of your comments and to those of you who shared some of your holiday traditions.

Also, thanks to Peggasus and Casey for letting me know I missed out the cream in the recipe. I made that edit – so bake to your heart's content!

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22 Devoted for Life November 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm

those look and sound absolutely delicious! I just have to try these!

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23 Pegasuslegend November 1, 2010 at 11:53 pm

these look super delicious what a fun family tradition! love the boys so adorable!

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24 Damaris @Kitchen Corners November 2, 2010 at 1:00 am

we always make biscuits at home but we never add anything to the batter. We should! This looks delish.

oh and we have no halloween traditions. We need one.

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25 Mary November 2, 2010 at 4:08 am

What a great combo! Sounds lovely! I love traditions :)

Great blog!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

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26 Emily Malloy November 2, 2010 at 2:02 pm

So adorable! Love the photos :-)

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27 Medifast Coupon Codes November 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm

These biscuits look so good, the bits of color pocking out, very nice. And sound so easy for even a really bad baker, thanks so much for your post today.

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28 Nancy November 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm

First off, I love the picture of your boys in the leaves – precious!!

Watching you all carve pumpkins brought back fond memories!!

And the biscuits… oh my!!!

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29 Drick November 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm

now that's what I call a bacon biscuit Dara, loaded with goodness…. would like to try these soon, maybe with cheddar…

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30 Imwaytoobusy November 3, 2010 at 1:13 am

Wow, these look so good I can hardly stand it! :)

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31 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food November 4, 2010 at 12:36 am

How lucky you are to have those two darling boys helping (or is it "helping"?) with fall leave raking duties. Goodness, I love these biscuits! I've been craving chicken pot pie all week but might just switch gears to a vegetable pot pie with these biscuits as a topping. They are so very appealing!

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32 Suzanne aka vivisue November 6, 2010 at 2:25 am

You had me at "Cream Biscuits", then again at "prosciutto" then at "parmesan"! What you didn't tell me in the title was what fun family pics you were including!!! Love the little insight into your life. What cute boys. They look like this was a great time. As for these biscuits, I think they will be gracing my table on Sunday when all the kids are over. YUM!

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