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I’ve never been all that excited by biscuits. I think it’s because most of the time, they turn out dry and somewhat tasteless if you get them at diners or restaurants. And don’t even get me started on the fast food version. But, now that I know how good these are, I’ll be stocking my freezer with loads of them. They bake up straight from the freezer and they are so light and flaky that they’re actually best all on their own. But that didn’t stop me from trying a fried egg sandwich with pancetta and cheddar.

Oh, and I should mention that once again this recipe came from the Flour Bakery cookbook. Still working my way through it and enjoying everything.

Sage Biscuits

2 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces

1/2 cup cold buttermilk

1/2 cup cold heavy cream

1 cold egg

1 tablespoon chopped sage

1 tablespoon chopped scallions

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Scatter the butter pieces in and squeeze between your fingers so that they come together with the dry ingredients. Don’t over mix, you don’t want it to warm up either. The butter should still be in pea-sized pieces.

In another bowl or measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, cream, egg, sage, and scallion together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients while  mixing with a handmixer, just until it comes together.

Gather the dough together and roll around in the bowl to pick up any loose flour. Pour out onto a floured surface and pat into a 1″ thickness. Cut out with a 3″ round cutter. Bring together the scraps until you’ve used all the dough. This should make 8 biscuits. If you want to freeze them, wrap them individually in plastic wrap now.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or 45 minutes if they were frozen.

I love a fried egg sandwich with pancetta, but you can definitely substitute your favorite bacon. I also am partial to cheddar or asiago, but use whatever cheese you like best as well.

Fried Egg Sandwich

1 biscuit

1 egg

2 pieces pancetta or bacon

handful of arugula

2 basil leaves

a couple slices of cheese or some grated cheese to taste

Fry up the bacon or pancetta in a frying pan until crispy. Remove to a paper towel. Cook the egg in the rendered bacon fat and season with salt and pepper. I don’t usually flip my eggs because I like them runny, but I do baste them with the extra oil/fat in the pan. Layer the cheese, pancetta, and arugula on the bottom and place the egg on top of the cheese so it starts to melt. Top with a couple basil leaves and the top of your biscuit and dig in!

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When I first made this cake a year ago, I decided there was no reason to ever make a different chocolate cake– it’s THAT good. The recipe is Ina Garten’s Beatty’s Chocolate Cake and I generally make it in one pan and slice it in half because I don’t have two of the same pan.

Because we were going to be in Delaware for the party, I decided to bake the cake at home and make the frosting there. I wasn’t able to sift the powdered sugar for the frosting, so there were some lumps in the frosting but it still tasted great. However, at home I would definitely sift it to get a nice smooth texture. As usual with this cake, it was a huge hit for the big birthday and one of our friends was inspired to make it for her boyfriend’s birthday next week!

Ina Garten’s Beatty’s Chocolate Cake

butter or oil for greasing the pan

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 extra large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup hot coffee

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 10″ round pan. Line the bottom with a parchment paper round the size of the pan and butter and flour the pan.

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and powder, and salt into a large bowl. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients while mixing with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Add the coffee and stir to combine, making sure everything is incorporated.

Pour into the pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, until a knife or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan and then turn out onto cooling rack.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

2 sticks butter, room temperature

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar

1 tablespoon instant coffee powder

Melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of boiling water. Make sure the water isn’t touching the bowl. Stir and watch it closely because it can burn easily. Cool to room temperature.

Beat the butter until light and fluffy with a mixer. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue to mix for another 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low and add the confectioners sugar slowly. Dissolve the coffee powder in 2 tablespoons of hot tap water and add to the frosting along with the chocolate.

To assemble the cake, slice the cake in half carefully (horizontally). Put one half on the cake plate and scoop 1/3 of the frosting on top and spread. Put the second half on top and scoop the remaining frosting on top. Slowly spread out the frosting evenly down along the slides and turn the cake as you work it down the sides.

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