Saint-germain-des-prés onion biscuits: baking the frantic way

I missed the last FFwD — I actually cooked salmon and lentils, and we loved it.  I was damn near missing this FFwD, too.  I am out of sugar, so subbed in brown sugar.  I used a red onion instead of regular.  I don’t have a biscuit cutter (or a PVC pipe, as Dorie suggested), so I just cut the biscuits into rectangles.

Luckily, this was a basic recipe, and throwing it together took minutes.  Dorie says you can freeze the cut biscuits and bake them later, but she also says that this recipe makes 32 biscuits.  Either French math is way different than mine, or I did something horribly wrong, because I got 12 with a few scraps left for Gorilla Girl to roll the dough and cut a few strips.  The onions in the dough turned her off, so we didn’t get wildly creative with this one.

Joyce happened to be looking for a snack as the saint-germain-des-prés biscuits came out of the oven, and she declared them tasty; she even noticed the slight sweetness with the savory onion flavor and said it grew on her.

I liked them, too, but want more fluff and moisture in my biscuits.  Perhaps my cavalier attitude while making them led to the less than amazing fluff, and slightly dry texture.

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9 Responses to Saint-germain-des-prés onion biscuits: baking the frantic way

  1. I like your substitutions! Your biscuits look delicious.

  2. Lola says:

    I thought red onion would make a pretty biscuit and I like the flecks in your photo. We find these to be moist and fluffy, I think you could be right about your baking powder.

  3. Is it weird that the square shape appeals to me more? It does. Dorie’s wanted a small cut biscuit for an appetizer so that explains why she says they make so many. Who wants a tiny biscuit anyway?

  4. Good substitutions. I almost missed this too, I was out of milk and substituted heavy cream. Worked well. I missed the salmon because they posted too late and I was out of town last week. I don’t have a biscuit cutter either. Oh, I also only got 17-18 biscuits – not sure how you could get too many more other than them being bite size!

  5. betsy says:

    The more posts I’m seeing, I’m deciding that I like the square shape better, I made 2-inch circles and got only 22 biscuits. Must be French math.

  6. Cher says:

    To me, there is a certain size that a biscuit should be. It should be just a wee bit smaller than the palm of my hand. I think if I made biscuits that were as small as suggested, I would be confused as to what they were 🙂

  7. Mary Hirsch says:

    Yes, you used alot of substitutions but still landed on your feet. I think your biscuits looked very good. What is a PVC pipe anyway. I will make the biscuits again only I will make them more your size.

  8. Square biscuits are perfect for sandwiches… mmmh!

  9. Teresa says:

    Love the square shape and your substitutions. I made them bite-sized, as called for, but like the bigger ones generally.

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