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honey-cornmeal drop biscuits

I'm kind of addicted to cornmeal things.

So when I made these warm, honey-buttered cornmeal drop biscuits, I had a few more than a couple.

These are based on a Dorie Greenspan's recipe, which called for maple syrup (the real stuff). I tried them with the maple and really liked them, but found that the maple flavor didn't shine through.

So I opted to bake in a bit of honey this time, brushing a little honey-butter over the biscuits when they came out of the oven, too.

Yummy. Kind of crumbly like cornbread, but better, more flavorful with the honey-butter.

Totally breakfast-worthy.

And these came together so easily.

I made a homemade biscuit mix by throwing all the dry ingredients into a Tupperware container about a month-and-half ago.

Then Jack and I just had to cut in the butter and mix in the milk and honey.

My husband says spun honey -- like a whipped, spreadable honey -- would be great on these.

I'll have to hunt some down and try it next time.

Honey Cornmeal Drop Biscuits

 adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground (reg. cornmeal in pics, although stone-ground was great, too)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 heaping teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 12 pieces
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, cold
  • 1/4 cup honey

For honey-butter --

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In measuring cup, whisk together milk and honey. Place the milk-honey mixture and butter pieces  in freezer while oven preheats.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add butter pieces to flour mixture, toss butter in dry ingredients to cover, then cut in butter with fingers until mixture is crumbly. Butter should be about pea-sized.

Stir in milk-honey mixture gently, until dry ingredients are wet (it may look under-mixed).

Scoop out  12 mounds and space evenly across lined baking sheet.

Bake biscuits for about 15 minutes, until lightly golden brown.

While biscuits bake, prepare honey-butter. Melt the butter and whisk in the honey until evenly combined.

As soon as you pull the biscuits from the oven, brush the honey-butter generously over each.

Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.

Note: For homemade biscuit mix -- just combine the dry ingredients in an air-tight container. I wrote the remaining ingredient list and directions on a note that I attached to the container for easy reference when I was ready to bake. Quick and easy!

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Reader Comments (3)

I just made these honey cornmeal drop biscuits, and had to let you know, they are awesome! I plan to eat a few (maybe more) and then this evening, I am going to make a fresh batch to go with my hot and spicy chili that's bubbly away on the stove right now. I think the sweet flavor and slightly crumbly texture will pair nicely with the chili. Thanks for posting this recipe!

March 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrina

Oh man. These were delicious. I agree withTrina. These were great for breakfast but would be amazing with a bowl of chili. Yum! Thanks for posting!

February 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Thanks, Nicole! Glad you liked them! :)

March 10, 2015 | Registered Commenterblackjack bakehouse

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