Pumpkin Biscuits

We had rain and wind this last weekend in September. Today marks the beginning of October, a month that brims with all the excitement of fall and the holidays without any of the compulsion to buy and stress. And, with the with the opportunity to dress up in costumes waiting at the finish line, October seems like the perfect month.

My parents kept many pictures of Noelle, Pam, Susanne, and I around our home. Pictures of us wearing matching dresses. Pictures of us skiing down mountains. Pictures of us in Italy or at the beach or in our backyard. But one of my favorite pictures rests near my mother’s kitchen sink. Noelle and I stand staggered in our front yard, pine trees stretching high. I’m wearing a gold leotard with a white tulle skirt. Noelle wears a a cotton shaft with a few well-placed adornments that somehow scream “princess.” We hold matching wicker baskets.

Easily, you can identify that we were about to embark on that quintessential childhood activity: trick or treating. But whenever I looked at that picture, I saw two girls in a dark forest, illuminating the night with their presence. And by presence I mean: strength and beauty. Why it is so easy to own that presence at the age of 6 and 2, but then so difficult to hold onto it as you grow into adults says much about our culture and society.

But thankfully, Noelle and I grew up with reminders (the picture) and those that reminded (my parents, older sisters, and friends). We’ve had our share of doubts, but I think we’ve both become women who hold onto that presence.

And what else do we do? We eat good food. Because we learned, along the way, that nourishing our bodies is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our souls.

Pumpkin Biscuits

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading and shaping
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen, plus more to spread
3/4 cup pumpkin puree, chilled
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons honey

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F with rack in the lower third of the oven.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Using a box grater, grate the frozen butter into the flour mixture. With a pastry blender or a metal fork, cut in butter until mixture resembles small peas.

3. In a liquid measuring bowl, whisk together pumpkin, buttermilk, and honey. Using a large wooden spoon or a rubber spatula, fold into flour mixture until combined (do not overmix).

4. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Shape dough into round and pat to an even 1-inch thickness. With a 2-inch biscuit cutter dipped in flour, cut out biscuits. Gather together scraps, and repeat (do not repeat more than once as this greatly effects the biscuit’s height and flakiness).


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54 thoughts on “Pumpkin Biscuits

  1. Ilan

    I love Halloween for because of candy. Yeah, sugar is pretty awesome. I never thought about making biscuits from pumpkin. Neat idea!

  2. Leah @ Why Deprive?

    So many trick or treating memories – that was one of the best things about being a kid. :)

    These biscuits sound so good. I don’t typically get into all the pumpkin stuff around fall for some reason. I always like it when I have it, but I never make it myself. But biscuits, those I could get into.

  3. BarbaraJean

    These look so good! Just realized you are in Austin. Have you visited One Chapel yet? Awesome church… fairly new. I have known the pastor for many years.

  4. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    Congratulations to your friend on the birth of her child (such an amazing time).
    As for these biscuits…YUM! I just made biscuits today, but I had seen this recipe first it might have won out over the buttermilk ones that I made.

    I hope you have a wonderful day Monet, and hang on tight to those fantastic childhood memories :)

  5. SallyBR

    You hit the nail in the head – I think spontaneity is the key, that’s what makes young kids able to pass so much strength and beauty. But, I must tell you something that getting older is teaching me: with a few wrinkles some of that spontaneity comes back. Now the beauty is another story… ;0)

    loved these biscuits, such beautiful color, and perfect for the season indeed!

  6. amy @ fearless homemaker

    Love the story about the childhood picture – lovely. And these pumpkin biscuits? I love just as much. =) Sometimes I feel like not enough people recognize the importance of nourishing your body with good, wholesome food. And these definitely fit the bill. yum!

  7. Wendy Irene

    Happy October Monet! :) I love how beautiful the pumpkin biscuits look in the orange glass. It so much fun to create with pumpkins in the fall, food and crafts. I can’t wait to see all your posts this month!

  8. Annie

    How true about childhood. I have similar pictures where I wonder where that spirit went and wished I would have had that confidence exuding from that young girl in the picture as I grew up. I think I’ve found bits of that girl again today. I believe finding that essence is what happens to women as they get older or it should. I try to hold on to that belief when I worry about aging. I have had a partially full can of pumpkin puree in the fridge trying to find a use-just did! Have a great week!

  9. Jen @ Savory Simple

    These look INCREDIBLE! I made sweet potato biscuits recently (might have to post em) that were delicious and I’m guessing these have that same delicate sweetness. I’m excited for Halloween this year, I think we’re going to have real trick or treaters at our new house! (I’ve been an apartment dweller for years).

  10. Eileen

    Look at all the perfect layers in those biscuits! I tend to shy away from squash and sweet potato in biscuits because they seem like they’d end up heavy–but obviously that isn’t the case with these! :)

  11. CCU

    These look perfect for Halloween my friend, how decadent 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
    P.S. Come over and enter my international giveaway to celebrate my blogiversary!

  12. Hotly Spiced

    I can always tell when it’s Autumn in your part of the world as I start to see a lot of pumpkin recipes popping up. I have never had pumpkin biscuits but I have had pumpkin scones and I think we’re talking about the same thing. These look so uniform and gorgeous. I would love to see that photo of you and your sister – great memories.

  13. Jeannie

    I immediately baked a batch as soon as I saw this post and drooled over your scrumptious pics! Great taste and fast to put together too!

  14. Em (Wine and Butter)

    These sound so delicious Monet!! Pumpkin season isnt so big here in the UK – the cans are HARD to come by! – so I love looking at pic’s like this (and reading entries like this!) to remind me.

    Hugs from London! xo

  15. Jeanne

    It certainly can be challenging to shut down that over-analytical adult brain! A childhood photo is a great way to remind yourself of your inner beauty and strength. I bet you and Noelle were so adorable at 6 and 2! :)

    I’m excited to start baking with pumpkin. These biscuits are gorgeous!

  16. Becky

    Your pumpkin muffins are a wonderful way to usher in Fall baking with squashes and pumpkins. I have a can of pumpkin in my pantry waiting for me to use it.

  17. Andrea

    Monet, next time I am making pumpkin purée, I will keep 3/4 cup and make these biscuits – maybe alongside a nice roast for the family and some sauce…I love the pictures – my favorite is the Polish Pottery bowl filled to the rim with these wonderful biscuits of yours!

  18. Terra

    Oh the biscuit love!!! Seriously, pumpkin biscuits??? I need one ASAP!!! I was just sharing today how much I adore biscuits. I will for sure be trying out your gorgeous recipe! I wanted to let you know, I have a Pinterest board called “blogs I love.” I just added you too the board, you are fantastic! http://pinterest.com/cafeterrablog/blogs-i-love/ Take care, Hugs, Terra

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