Flaky Buttery Pumpkin Biscuits
What do you do when your kid won’t eat his veggies? You sneak them into unsuspecting food items.
For past few weeks, I am having hard time to get Varun to eat vegetables. He used to have peas, bell pepper, broccoli, baby tomatoes etc but nowadays only pasta, rice and chicken are his staples besides milk and fries. Not proud of the last one. The only exception to this is if its something warm and crispy – like cheese paratha or puri’s or if its something novel – like shelling peas and eating them as you go.
So, when I found a recipe to make pumpkin biscuits I decided to go for it. Light and buttery. With no added sugar, and with real pumpkin puree, goodness of whole wheat flour and butter, they are perfect as an after school snack or breakfast. And best of all it can be made easily with no special skills needed. If you can mix, knead and roll dough, you are all set. Cut them up with a cookie cutter and bake them for a quick golden treat. They taste even better with butter slathered on them though I can imagine maple syrup or jam would do the trick as well.
I must admit Vipul and I loved them more than Varun though he was intrigued by the color and wanted to try the ‘cake’ as he insisted on calling them. He ate a few bites before running away. But he asked for it this morning at breakfast and ate some. Small victories and baby steps!
Pumpkin Biscuits Recipe
Makes about 12 biscuits
- Whole Wheat Flour – 2 cups
- Baking Powder – 2 teaspoons
- Salt – 1 teaspoon
- Ground nutmeg – 1/2 teaspoon
- Ground cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon
- Fresh grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon
- Fresh cardamom seeds crushed – 1/2
- Pumpkin Puree – 1 cup
- Milk ( Or Butter milk) – 1/3 cup
- Flour for kneading/rolling – 1/4 cup
1. Sift the flour and then add baking powder, salt and the spices. Mix well and then refrigerate for 10 minutes
2. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C or 400 F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
3. While the dry ingredients rest, whisk the pumpkin puree and milk together.
4. Add the pumpkin puree mixture to the dry ingredients and knead well into a dough. again let rest for 5 minutes.
5. Lightly dust the counter where you will roll the biscuits with flour. With a light hand-roll the dough into a 9″ x 6 ” rectangle. Fold into thirds like an envelope. Turn this ‘folded envelope’ by 90 degrees and then roll again into 9″ x 6″ rectangle.
Once again, fold into thirds. Turn again, roll and fold. Just make sure you use a light hand while rolling else the ‘layers’ will squish into each other.
6. Now roll this into a flat square about 1/2 ” thick. Use cookie cutter or sharp metal bowl to cut your shapes. As you cut you will hear ‘poof’ as the air comes out of the layers formed.
7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with left over dough. Form the last biscuit with the remaining dough.
8. Gently transfer the biscuits to the baking tray and bake for 15 – 18 minutes.
Serve warm with butter and maple syrup.