Gingerbread Biscones

Gingerbread Biscones
With that holiday (that I won’t name.. because I’m such a Scrooge) vastly approaching, I find myself in stores like Toys R Us praying that lightening will strike me before I have to actually stand in that 50 person line to purchase my cart full of items. This is after I tripped the lady in aisle 3 over the last Hug Me Elmo on the shelf. 
Because Dammit… that’s what I braved the freezing rain and a 16 passenger mini-van that cut my off in the parking lot for.
That Damn Elmo.. who in my opinion looks super creepy with his 1970’s red shaggy carpet skin and strange eyes.. but my son loves Elmo, so here I am standing in this line…
Some random guy behind me is breathing down my neck and I thank the lord I took my “Don’t Choke a Bro” meds this morning because his closeness is pushing it. 

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I’m forced to cut him with my side eye, thinking he’ll take a hint.
He apologizes, then tells me it’s because I smell..  But not bad.. not bad.
He tells me I smell like cinnamon..
I tell him that means he’s to close to me. He laughs, I give him a dead pan stare..
And he apologies again…
The line moves..the guy slides closer.. I’m now feeling a bit schizophrenic .
“My name’s Nick”
Me- “Ok”
Nick- “Is it a perfume that you wear that smells like that”
I ignore Nick.
Nick ask me the question again..
My hands start to twitch..
The line moves up..Nick is now standing beside me..
At this point, I decide to be nice and tell him how I spilled cinnamon everywhere before I left my house and somehow it got in my hair..
He then tells me I just smell so wonderful.. I then tell him that’s weird to say to a stranger while stand in line at Toys R Us..
He laughs
I don’t …
That ends our conversation.

Gingerbread Biscones

As I’m putting my packages in my car
Nick walks past me smiles and says “Bye Cinnamon Lady”
I’m never going back to Toys R Us….

Gingerbread Biscones
There is a sort of holiday tradition in our house..we make biscuits for Santa rather than cookies. (Imagine that)
These are not quite a biscuit…not quite a scone.. so they like to be known as Biscones..
Light, fluffy, buttery  and now gingerbready biscones. Adapted from these babies.. There is a bakery in Savannah called Back in the Day Bakery.. they also have a cookbook from which I adapted this recipe.. Everything they make is amazing.. so go there eat biscones and red velvet cake.. and look out for strange guys trying to smell your hair..

Happy Holidays Yo!

Gingerbread Biscones 
Prep Time- 20mins Cook Time- 20-25 mins Yield- 10-12 Biscones 
Adapted from these 

1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ cup cake flour (not self-rising)
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 ½ cup buttermilk
1 egg beaten for egg wash ( I added a tablespoon of cream to my egg wash)
¼ cup demerara or turbinado   
Preheat oven to 375
In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Whisk until completely incorporated. Cut butter into flour mixture using a pastry blended (or fork).
Gradually pour in buttermilk and gently mix the ingredients until the dough is soft and there are no bits of flour in the bottom of the bowl. You will see lumps of butter in the dough; this is good…it will make your biscones light and flaky. Dough will be slightly sticky.
Using your hand gently pat down the dough and dust lightly with flour. With a large ice scoop, scoop mounds of dough into prepared baking sheet, arranging them about 1 inch apart so the biscones will have room to rise.
Brush the tops of each biscone with egg wash and sprinkle with demerara or turbinado  sugar.
Bake for 20 -25 minutes, rotating pan halfway through to ensure even baking.. Until the biscones are lightly golden. Serve warm..

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