But I had faith that this recipe was worth giving a second chance, so I set out to the market for fresh self-rising flour and carbonated beverage. This time, as an alternative to the lemon-lime soda, I purchased Trader Joe’s Sparkling Lemonade.
The second batch was love at first sight and taste. These biscuits were so pretty they looked like they required all day to prepare, but actually only took about 10 minutes (and 12 to bake). The biscuits were so light and fluffy, making my heart skip a few beats. The added black pepper, thyme and hint of lemon flavor paid a perfect compliment to our hearty dinner. And the warm biscuits melted the honey butter and my heart.
On a little side note…I hope you’ve noticed a few improvements on my blog…I think my photos are getting better and I am super excited about it! It’s a great feeling to snap a pic and the image actually looks good!
Two things were instrumental to these improvements. One is the Tasty Food Photography e-book written by a successful food blogger. This e-book is specifically geared toward food photography and contains lots of great tips and tricks of the trade. If you are a fellow food blogger and want to improve your food pics, I highly recommend the Tasty Food Photography e-book
Taking a basic photography class with StLPhotoArt was also very helpful. The class was held at the St. Louis Zoo and although it was only a 3-hour session, I learned a great deal about the basics of working my DSLR.
Lemon and Thyme Biscuits with Warmed Honey Butter (adapted from Woman's Day Nov. '12)
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 2 Tbsp. honey (Bekemeier's, Neosho, MO)
- 3 cups self-rising flour
- 1 tsp. course black pepper
- 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
- 3/4 cup sparkling lemonade or lemon-lime soda
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- Heat oven to 400 F. In a small bowl, combine butter and honey. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, pepper and thyme. Gently stir in the sparkling lemonade and heavy cream, mixing until incorporated.
- Roll out dough with a floured rolling pin; cut into squares or any shaped cookie cutter.
- Place on parchment lines baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm with honey butter mixture.