This outstanding and very unusual Maple Bacon Biscuit recipe is by
pastry chef Zoe Nathan of the
Huckleberry Bakery and Cafe in Santa Monica, CA.
Photos were taken at the Huckleberry Bakery and Cafe.
Maple Bacon Biscuits Recipe:
Brunch & Breakfast,
Yields: 24 Biscuits
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
1 pound bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 1/2 cups all-purpose
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (1/2 pound) chilled butter, cut into 1/2-cubes
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, divided
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold buttermilk*
1 egg yolk
Fleur de Sel Salt, sea salt, or coarse salt**
* Learn how to make a
Fleur de Sel Salt is fabulous on these biscuits.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two (2) baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium-size frying pan over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring
frequently until cooked but not crispy, approximately 10 to 12 minutes. Remove
the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate or pan to remove excess fat.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut the diced butter into the flour mixture until
it resembles small peas. Stir in the cooked bacon, 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons
maple syrup, and the buttermilk until the dough just comes together (it will be
clumpy). Be careful not to overwork the dough.
On a lightly floured surface, gently press or roll the dough to 1-inch thickness
(do not knead). Cut the biscuits using a 2-inch round biscuit cutter or drinking glass. You should have 24 biscuits. Place 12 biscuits on each of two
prepared baking sheets, spaced 2-inches apart. Place the trays of biscuits in the freezer just until the biscuits are well chilled, approximately 10 minutes.
While the biscuits are chilling in the freezer, prepare the egg wash. In a small
bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, whole egg, and cream. Remove the chilled
biscuits from the freeze and brush the tops of each biscuit with the egg was; top each biscuit with a pinch of fleur del sel salt.
Bake the biscuits until they just begin to brown, approximately 25 minutes (you
should easily be able to pick the biscuits up off the tray).
Remove the tray from the oven. Quickly drizzle 1 teaspoon of the remaining maple syrup over the
top of each biscuit, then place the tray back in the oven for 3 additional minutes. Remove
from oven and serve while still warm.
Makes 24 (2-inch) biscuits.