Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits

Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

How many lists do you have on the go on any given day? More or less than 10? I’m just wondering if I’m insane or not. On my google drive, I have seven different lists. I have another five or six on my phone. Then I have a whole notebook that is devoted solely to keeping lists. Some of them are portable, shortened versions of the google drive lists, but there are about a dozen lists that are constantly being updated in there. And then there’s Pinterest. That’s like crack for list makers. I’m crazy, right? I’m definitely crazy.

There’s just something so calming about making a list. It’s is the very essence of orderliness. When I get really bored, I find myself craving the opportunity to create a list, but I’m running out of things to make lists of. I’ve got lists for movies, books, recipes, restaurants, travel ideas, more recipes… You get the idea. Please tell me I’m not the only person who does this.

Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This recipe comes to you from my “next recipe” list, but more significantly from Simply Delish by Jessica Merchant. These Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits are made with half white flour and half whole wheat flour, and I love the added texture the whole wheat adds without the biscuits losing their lightness. The brown sugar brings a subtle, deep sweetness without making the biscuits seem like dessert. And then there’s the bacon. Smoky, crispy, heavenly bacon. What’s not to love?

These biscuits are the perfect balance of savoury and sweet. They’re equally suitable for an a fried egg and a thick slice of cheddar cheese as they are to being slathered with salted butter and honey or maple syrup. I haven’t tried it yet, but I imagine they’d be the perfect dunker for something like butternut squash soup. I halved the recipe since it’s just the two of us. It’s basically impossible to stop eating these, so don’t make more than you can handle.

Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The recipes on this blog are basically just an extension of my list-making obsession, so I hope it’s paid off for you in some way. If nothing else, you can now eat Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits to your heart’s content. That’s pretty awesome.

Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits
Yields 6
Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits are basically irresistible.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup plain flour
  2. 1/2 cup whole wheat plain flour
  3. 1/6 cup brown sugar
  4. 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 ounce cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  8. 2 slices bacon, cut in small pieces and cooked until crisp
  9. 1/2 cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425F (220C) and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a mixing bowl, gently whisk together plain flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
  3. Use your clean fingers to rub the cold butter into the dry ingredients until you have a mixture resembling wet sand.
  4. Stir in your bacon pieces to evenly distribute.
  5. Finally, stir in the buttermilk with a spatula or wooden spoon until the mixture just comes together.
  6. Turn your biscuit dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and gently press and fold it together. Pat your dough out to form a rectangle that's about an inch thick. Use a pizza cutter to cut your rectangle into six pieces. You'll have square biscuits, but you also won't have any wasted dough.
  7. Transfer your biscuits to your baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. The biscuits should be golden brown on top.
  8. Allow to cool for a few minutes before devouring.
Adapted from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant
Adapted from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant
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Cinnamon Pull-Apart Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Cake with Lemon Glaze

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’ve finally started watching the new season of The Great British Bake Off. We’re meeting up with the rest of the country halfway through because I had actually been binging old seasons of Bake Off on Netflix and All 4 over the late summer, and I wasn’t caught up by the time the new season started. This year’s contestants took a few weeks to warm up to, but I’m finally growing attached to a few of them. Mannon is so beautiful and talented I almost can’t handle it, and Briony is plucky and adorable. But Paul Hollywood continues to blow my mind with how completely out of touch he is.

What Paul doesn’t know about food trends I will never understand. I checked and the man definitely has Instagram. I assume it’s run by someone else because if he went on it even once, he would have seen that chocolate globe desserts are freakin’ everywhere. He clearly doesn’t follow food blogs because he’s apparently never heard of tangzhong. And I can never forgive him for the time he pronounced chipotle as chi-pot-el on one of his cooking shows. Are we sure he’s an actual expert?

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hopefully Paul’s had a pull-apart cake, though I certainly wouldn’t want him to judge mine. Although I feel that the slight wonkiness of this Cinnamon Pull-Apart Cake adds to its charm. Between each layer of enriched yeasted dough is butter and cinnamon sugar that melts into the most delicious goo as it bakes. There’s also a generous layer of lemon glaze that adds a sweet brightness to the whole thing. This dessert is a great combination of crunchy top, chewy bottom, and sweetness and spice. We love it.

Like with any yeasted dough, this cake is a bit of a project, but there’s nothing excessively complicated. It’s just time consuming because of the multiple rises for the dough. There’s also a bit of low key geometry, but don’t worry, you’re not being judged, so no need to get out your ruler. 

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This cake has so many possibilities. You could easily modify it to make your signature flavor. We’re starting with Cinnamon Pull-Apart Cake, but I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing some variations on this in the future.

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Cake with Lemon Glaze
Serves 8
Cinnamon Pull-Apart Cake is chewy and sweet and perfect for autumn.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
4 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
4 hr
For the dough
  1. 3 cups plain flour, plus a few tablespoons more for the counter
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 2-1/4 teaspoon yeast
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/3 cup whole milk
  6. 2 ounces unsalted butter
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 2 eggs
For the filling
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  4. 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
For the glaze
  1. 3/4 cups icing sugar
  2. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  3. 1 tablespoon whole milk
For the dough
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups f the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt until well combined.
  2. In a small sauce pan over medium low heat, add the milk and the butter and heat until the butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat and add 1/4 cup water and the vanilla. Check the temperature of your liquid mixture with a candy or instant read thermometer. It should be between 115 and 125 Fahrenheit. You may need to let it cool or put it back on the heat depending on how cold your water was.
  3. Once your wet ingredients reach the right temperature, add them to your dry ingredients, and stir both together with a spatula. Add your eggs and continue to stir. It will seem very wet, but it will eventually start to come together. Finally, stir in your last cup of flour until your dough comes together. It will still be very sticky.
  4. Transfer the dough to a greased mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel, and stash it in a warm place in your kitchen to rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.
  5. When your dough is risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured counter and knead an additional 2 to 4 tablespoons of flour into it until you have a smooth dough. It should take about five minutes. Form your dough into a ball and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Allow it to rest for about five minutes before rolling it out.
For the filling
  1. While your dough is resting, gently whisk together your sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and melt your butter for the filling.
  2. Also butter and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  3. Once your dough is rested, you can begin gently rolling out your dough in a lightly floured surface until you have a rectangle that's about 12 inches by 20 inches.
  4. Use your pastry brush to spread the melted butter evenly over the dough. Try to brush it right to the edge without going over. Next, sprinkle on all the cinnamon sugar. You can use your pastry brush again to spread it evenly over the dough, again up to the edge.
  5. Now it's time to slice and stack. Start by cutting six equal strips vertically. I use my pizza cutter for this. You'll then need to stack these strips on top of each other. I use my small offset spatula to slice under the strip to make sure it's not stuck to the counter anywhere. Start with the strips on each each working your way to the middle until all six are stacked on top of each other.
  6. Next slice your stack of strips into six rectangles horizontally. Line up your piles of dough squares into your loaf pan.
  7. Place your clean kitchen towel over your dough and allow it to rise again for about half an hour until it's filled up your pan.While your dough is rising, be sure to preheat your oven to 350 F (175C).
  8. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes until beautifully brown on the top. Allow to cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before turning out onto your desired destination.You'll obviously need to gently turn it upright after you get it out of the pan. Also, it can't hurt to run a butter knife around the edge of the pan before attempting to turn it out.
For the glaze
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the icing sugar, lemon juice, and milk until smooth. Gently pour evenly over your cooled cake. Allow gravity to do it's thing and drip over the cake.
  2. To serve, gently pull or cut apart a few layer at a time.
Adapted from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson
Adapted from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson
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Vanilla Ginger Mojito | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Vanilla Ginger Mojito

Vanilla Ginger Mojito | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Are you getting legit fall weather where you live yet? In Scotland, summer is a distant memory, and it’s been chilly and damp for weeks now, but I know other parts of the world are just now seeing those delightfully crisp autumn days. October is up there as my favorite time of year. The autumn leaves are in full show, and you still get some sunny, albeit cold, days where you can get outside and feel alive. They don’t have apple picking or pumpkin patches or hay rides here in Scotland, but at least there’s still boots and sweaters and all things toffee. 

Today I’ve made you a cocktail that is the perfect transition from summer to fall. Mojitos bring to mind steamy beach vacations, short skirts, and salsa music. But this version has some beautiful fall flavors that are perfect to sip in front of the fire after a day of crunching through leaves. Okay, maybe you can’t pick the mint from your garden, but you can definitely make this happen.

Vanilla Ginger Mojito | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Vanilla Ginger Mojito is one of the best cocktails I’ve made in a long time. I splurged on a whole vanilla bean to make the syrup, and it was totally worth it. This cocktail is so beautifully fragrant, I wish it was a perfume. I also made that vanilla bean do double duty. The recipe calls for vanilla rum, but that wasn’t available at my grocery store, so I just popped the vanilla bean into my bottle of white rum and presto, vanilla rum. 

This recipe is two stage and involves several fresh ingredients, but it’s in no way complicated to make. And I assure you it is an absolute pleasure to drink. It’s all for the best that this recipe only makes two cocktails because you could easily drink a bucket of these.

Vanilla Ginger Mojito | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheers to autumn, friends. Make yourself a Vanilla Ginger Mojito and enjoy these awesome days.

Vanilla Ginger Mojito
Serves 2
This Vanilla Ginger Mojito is the perfect drink to take you from summer to fall with a smile on your face.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
For the syrup
  1. 1/2 cup water
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 vanilla bean, sliced in half with seeds scraped out
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1 inch chunk fresh ginger, peeled
For the cocktail
  1. 2/3 cup fresh mint leaves
  2. 4 ounces vanilla rum
  3. 2 ounces soda water
  4. 2 ounces ginger ale
  5. 2 ounces lime juice
  6. Lime wedges for garnish, optional
For the syrup
  1. Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan. Stir together the water and sugar, then add the scraped out beans from your vanilla bean, along with the whole bean, the vanilla extract, and the piece of ginger. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar, and reduce the heat to simmer for about two minutes.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and let it sit for about fifteen minutes to steep. Remove the vanilla bean and ginger.
For the cocktail
  1. Add about a third of a cup of fresh mint leaves to two glasses. Add two ounces of vanilla rum to each glass and muddle the mint in the bottom of the glass by giving it a good smash with something blunt. I use the handle end of a butter knife.
  2. Fill each glass with plenty of ice, then divide the remaining ingredients between your two glasses.
  3. Garnish with a wedge of lime and some additional mint. Give it a good stir before drinking.
Adapted from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant
Adapted from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant
http://awesomeon20.com/
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