Mmmm, biscuits. They’re kind of what dreams are made of, no?
Plump, flaky, steamy and just begging to be sandwiched with butter and devoured alongside every holiday dish known to man. Things are about to get serious.
Origins of Biscuits
Soft, flaky biscuits are believed to be a pre-Civil War Southern creation. And because flour was expensive back then, they were enjoyed as a special treat on Sundays. The concept may have been inspired by British biscuits which were more like a thin cookie or cracker.
This recipe resembles the Southern version, but is our plant-based take infused with additional flavors.
Once I cracked the code for the Best Damn Vegan Biscuit, I moved onto another favorite variation of mine: (Vegan) Cheddar Jalapeño. And since I can’t seem to keep my hands off pumpkin this month, I knew a savory fall version had to happen next.
These biscuits are infused with both pumpkin puree and fresh sage, giving them an earthy, autumnal flavor I just adore.
Not to mention, they’re simple! Just 1 bowl, 30 minutes, and no fancy methods required. Even if you’re a biscuit novice, I walk you through each step so you’ll finally taste sweet biscuit glory once and for all.
These biscuits are a dream. They’re:
Infused with fresh sage
Perfect for fall
& Begging to be shared
Are you planning an October gathering? Perhaps a Friendsgiving? These are the biscuits for you! I see these making an appearance at pumpkin carvings, fall parties and beyond.
And if you’re a little weary of sage, know that it’s subtle or you can simply leave it out! Alternatively, swap in butternut squash puree or even sweet potato puree for a sweeter take. They’re very customizable and seriously delicious.
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Cheers and happy fall, friends!
Pumpkin Sage Biscuits
- 3/4 cup unsweetened PLAIN almond milk
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (I used a 2:1 mix of unbleached AP & whole-wheat pastry)
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 pinch each ground cinnamon and nutmeg
- 4 Tbsp non-dairy, unsalted butter (plus more for topping // I use Earth Balance butter sticks)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 Tbsp fresh sage (roughly chopped or torn // or sub 1 tsp dry sage per 3 Tbsp fresh)
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (232 C).
- Measure almond milk in a large liquid measuring cup and add lemon juice. Let curdle 5 minutes. Then whisk in pumpkin puree.
- Mix flour(s), salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
- Add cold butter and use a pastry cutter or fork to combine until small pieces remain and it looks like wet sand. Work quickly so the butter doesn’t get too warm. Add chopped sage and mix once more.
- Using a wooden spoon, stir gently while pouring in the almond-pumpkin mixture 1/4 cup at a time. You may not need all of it. Stir until just slightly combined – it will be a little sticky, not too much.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface, dust the top with a bit of flour and then very gently turn the dough over on itself a couple times – hardly kneading.
- Form into a 1-inch thick disc, handling as little as possible.
- Use a 1-inch thick dough cutter or a similar-shaped object with sharp edges (such as a small drinking glass) and push straight down through the dough, then slightly twist. Repeat and place biscuits on a baking sheet in two rows making sure they just touch – this will help them rise uniformly. Gently reform the dough and cut out one or two more biscuits – you should have 7-9 depending on the size of your cutter (as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
- Brush the tops with a bit more melted non-dairy butter and gently press a small divot in the center using your thumb. This will also help them rise evenly, so the middle won’t form a dome.
- Bake for 13-17 minutes or until fluffy and golden brown. These take a little longer to bake than traditional biscuits because the pumpkin adds extra moisture.
- Serve immediately as is or with additional butter and/or maple syrup. Let remaining biscuits cool completely before storing them in an airtight container or bag. Will keep for up to a few days, though best when fresh.
* Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
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