International Biscuit Festival People’s Choice Award Winner!

25,000 people attended the fifth ever-expanding International Biscuit Festival and their taste buds voted our Ms. Pearl Buttermilk Biscuit the People’s Choice Award Winner ahead of 20 other signature biscuit creations. Mahasti shared her biscuit recipe on WBIR recently. In case you missed it, here it is in all its first place glory.

For the biscuit:

2.75 cups all purpose flour

1 tbl sugar

3/4 tsp. Salt

1 Tbl plus 1 tsp baking powder

½ stick unsalted butter

1 1/4 cup buttermilk

In a medium bowl, mix all dry ingredients together. Cut butter into dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or 2 knives. Stir in buttermilk until a soft dough forms.

Pat dough down into a greased 12 inch pie dish or cast iron skillet. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

For the topping:

3/4 cup Mayonnaise

3 Tbl lemon juice

one 16 oz package frozen corn kernels

1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Black Pepper

1 cup Cooked Bacon chopped (In her version, Mahasti used Benton’s bacon.)

6-8 Roma Tomatoes

Salt

Fresh Basil – julienned

Slice tomatoes into ¼ inch slices. Set aside. Combine mayonnaise with lemon juice. Pour mayonnaise mixture over biscuit, spread around with spatula to cover completely. Sprinkle the cheese over the mayo layer, and sprinkle lightly with black pepper. Sprinkle corn over mayonnaise mixture, followed by cooked bacon pieces.

Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until cheese has melted and starting to brown. Remove the biscuit from the oven and overlap tomatoes on top of biscuit. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, sprinkle with fresh basil before serving.

Serves 8 – 10

Ms Pearl International Biscuit Festival People's Choice Award Winner

Tomato Head’s Knox Benedict

Mahasti’s interpretation of this classic brunch dish is perfect for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Think about preparing the biscuits, country hollandaise sauce, and breakfast sausage a day in advance so you can spend more time with your family on Christmas morning opening presents. Mahasti used sausage from Riverplains Farm in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.

Click the photo below to watch Mahasti’s appearance on WBIR from last weekend.

For the Country Hollandaise

1 cup Mayonnaise

1 Tbl + 2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

2 tsp Cider Vinegar

With a whisk, mix all ingredients together in a small bowl, until smooth.

For the Knox Benedict:

4 Biscuits, Baked (can be baked a day ahead)

4 Eggs, Scrambled

Breakfast Sausage

Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut biscuits in half and place the biscuits on a cookie sheet. Top each half with some of the scrambled eggs, followed by some breakfast sausage, and cheese. Top with about 1 tablespoon of “Mock Hollandaise.” Place the topped biscuits in the preheated oven and bake for 13 – 15 minutes or until hot. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Tomato Head’s Brown Sugar Cinnamon Biscuits with Cream & Orange Caramel Sauce

Mahasti presented this “good morning” recipe on WBIR Saturday, December 17th. Did you catch it? If not, the full recipe is posted below and, even better, both the Knoxville and Maryville restaurants will be serving these delights throughout Sunday brunch. Enjoy!

Tomato Head’s Brown Sugar Cinnamon Biscuits with Cream & Orange Caramel Sauce

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
5 Tbl chilled butter, cut into small pieces
¾ cup chilled buttermilk
1/3 cup brown sugar

Measure flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Add chilled butter and work into flour with fingertips or a pastry cutter until the butter resembles small beads. Add buttermilk and work flour into buttermilk until you have a soft dough. Turn dough no more than 10 times. Gather into a ball. With a rolling pin, roll out the ball of dough, on a lightly floured surface, to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Scatter half of the brown sugar in the center of the biscuit dough. Fold one edge of the dough onto the sugared area. Scatter the remaining brown sugar onto the area that you just folded over. Fold the non-brown sugared area onto the newly covered brown sugar area. Gently lift the dough up and scatter a little more flour under the dough. Roll the dough back out to a thickness of 1”. Cut the biscuits out with a round biscuit cutter. Gather up any remaining dough into a ball and repeat, flattening and cutting the biscuits. Place the cut biscuits on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake in a 450 degree oven for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

For the Caramel Sauce
1 cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup orange juice
½ stick butter

Place all the ingredients for the sauce in a medium size saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil. Keep warm while biscuits are cooking.

To Serve

Heavy Cream

Pour a small amount of heavy cream onto a plate, if serving individually, or on a platter if serving family style. Place biscuits on top of cream. Pour caramel sauce over biscuits and serve immediately.

Makes 8 – 10 biscuits depending on the size of your cutter.

County Tres Leche

Yee haw! This is a good way to end a meal, have a snack, or simply enjoy a new cultural twist on a classic treat.

Mahasti presented The Tomato Head’s recipe for “Country Tres Leche” on WBIR this weekend. What makes it country? The recipe is based upon The Tomato Head’s “Best Biscuits” recipe, instead of the traditional lady fingers or sponge cake. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think.

The Tomato Head’s Country Tres Leche

(aka, Biscuits soaked in three milks topped with blackberry compote and cream)

For Milk Soaked Biscuits:

 

1 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 cup evaporated milk

1 cup heavy cream

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground clove

6 – 8 day-old biscuits

In a small bowl mix together condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream, cinnamon, and clove.

Place biscuits in an 8 X 11 baking dish.  Pour 1 ½ cups of the milk mixture over the biscuits and allow biscuits to soak for 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Bake milk soaked biscuits for 20 minutes until heated through.

For Blackberry Compote:

 

1 lb fresh or frozen blackberries

1/3 cup sugar

Place blackberries and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Cook mixture just until sugar has completely dissolved.  Remove from heat and set aside.

To Serve:

 

Place each biscuit on a plate.  Pour ¼ cup of the remaining milk mixture over each biscuit, followed by ¼ cup of heavy cream and 1/3 cup of blackberry compote.  Serve immediately.

Mahasti on WBIR: The Best Biscuits

Several weeks ago, Mahasti put out a call for biscuit recipes, and ever since she’s been testing and refining batch after batch of biscuits. This morning she’s presenting “The Best Biscuits” on WBIR, around 8:15am, and promises to share more info (in the next few days) about the entire process.

The Best Biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
5 tbsp chilled butter, cut into small pieces
¾ cup chilled buttermilk

Measure flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar into a medium bowl. Add chilled butter and work into flour with fingertips or a pastry cutter until the butter resembles small beads. Add buttermilk and work flour into buttermilk until you have a soft dough. Turn dough no more than 10 times. Gather into a ball. flatten the ball of dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1 inch. Either trim the edges and use a knife cut the biscuits into squares or use a traditional round biscuit cutter to cut out the biscuits. Gather up any remaining dough into a ball and repeat flattening and cutting the biscuits. Place the cut biscuits on an ungreased cookie sheet (placing the biscuits in the freezer at this point for 30 mintues will yield a fluffier biscuit). Bake in a 425 degree oven for 8 – 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve hot.

Makes 6-8 biscuits depending on the size of your cutter.

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