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Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake Biscuits

Well well well, another week into September, and I’m still alarmed at how fast this year is moving. Not so alarmed, however, that I didn’t leap wholeheartedly into Fall baking before the official start of the season. As far as I’m concerned, once September hits, it’s Fall. And what comprises fall baking? Apples! Cinnamon! Biscuits! Whatever your heart desires! This week’s recipe has a little bit of everything, some brown sugar cinnamon sauteed apples and some brown butter streusel, folded all cozy into a biscuit dough and slathered with cinnamon glaze. I give you, Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake Biscuits.

I went on my first ever grown-up business trip this past week, which was a huge win for me since thinking about the airport usually strikes fear in my heart. It turned out to be really fun and interesting, and I feel like a certified adult now. I then ended up going back to my parent’s house for the weekend, and I knew I had to take advantage of having a big kitchen again. So, I got my coffee and took a quick walk around my favorite garden, and then got to work.

A quick note to all, I know that my posts as of late have been not as consistent as usual, please know that I am trying my best, but it’s tough to photograph the things I make when we’re still eating off of paper plates. Rest assured things will be back to normal so soon, I am just settling in!

Before we get started, here are 5 things to be happy about:
ONE. Coming home from a long day, lighting a candle, and getting cozy.
TWO. Halloween decorations.
THREE. When your alarm goes off but then you remember that it’s Saturday.
FOUR. Making plans for the weekend to motivate you through the work week.
FIVE. Doing the “big grocery shop” late on a Sunday evening.

Inspired in part by recipes from here and here.

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake Biscuits

All of the best parts of baking for fall, folded into one little biscuit and doused in cinnamon glaze. Apples! Cinnamon! Brown sugar! Streusel! Let's bake!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword: apple, biscuits, cinnamon, coffee cake, fall baking
Servings: 8 biscuits

Ingredients

Cinnamon Apples

  • 2 large baking apples; peeled and thinly-sliced
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Brown Butter Streusel

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Biscuit Dough

  • 3 cups flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup butter; cold and grated on a box grater
  • cup whole milk; plus more for brushing
  • Raw sugar; for sprinkling

Cinnamon Glaze

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Cinnamon Apples

  • Place the apples, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine all the ingredients until the butter melts completely. Allow the apples to cool in a bowl while you prepare the rest of the parts.

Brown Butter Streusel

  • In the same pan as before, melt the stick of butter over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the butter becomes nutty and fragrant and golden brown.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, white and brown sugars, salt, and cinnamon. Drizzle the brown butter over the flour mixture, and stir until it comes together in crumbles. Cool the streusel in the fridge while you make the dough.

Biscuit Dough

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add in the grated butter and mix with your hands until it's about pea-sized and crumbly. Add a cup of the milk and stir until a dough begins to form, adding the remaining ¼ cup as necessary- you may not need all of it!
  • Dump the dough into a floured surface and work it gently with your hands into one cohesive ball. Roll out into a rough 9" x 13" rectangle, making sure nothing is sticking.
  • Spread the apples into an even layer on half of the dough, and then add a layer of the streusel on top. Fold the other half of the dough on top of the filling and gently seal the edges so that nothing falls out while you cut the biscuits.
  • Using a sharp knife or bench scraper, cut the dough into 8 biscuits. Carefully transfer each biscuit to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle generously with the raw sugar.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and crisp. Allow to cool slightly before glazing and serving.

Cinnamon Glaze

  • In a bowl, whisk together all the glaze ingredients until a thick but pour-able glaze forms, adding more heavy cream or powdered sugar as necessary until the desired consistency is reached. Cover each biscuit with a generous amount of glaze and enjoy!!

Into more scones and biscuits? Look here, here, and here!

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