As much as I enjoy eating your standard buttermilk biscuit, I occasionally like to indulge in my grandmother's pineapple filled buttermilk biscuits! Now, I know what you may be thinking. Pineapple!? Really!? Yes, really! As weird as it may sound, I promise you that these biscuits are a surprising, sweet, delicious, treat! If you are hesitant though, you can still make the biscuits using the recipe below, and just leave them as is, without the pineapple mixture. However, I highly recommend that you give the pineapple biscuits a try. They will not disappoint!
For the Buttermilk Biscuits:
-2 cups flour
-4 teaspoons baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt
-2 tablespoons butter
-4 tablespoons shortening
-1 cup buttermilk
-1/2 cup cream cheese
-1 cup crushed pineapple
-Pinch of sugar (do this only if the crushed pineapple you are using has no added sugar)
-3/4 cup confectionery sugar
-2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons pineapple juice
Please note: If you are in a rush, although I love the homemade biscuits, you can use the Pillsbury biscuits and then just fill them with the pineapple filling. If you are only making biscuits without the filling, then I would definitely recommend sticking to making them homemade! They are definitely better than the store-bought kind.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
In a bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. Add the butter and shortening and mix it lightly until the mixture begins to crumble a little. Be careful not to mix for too long though because you want the butter to remain cold.
Pour in the buttermilk and mix until just combined. It is important that you do not over mix. The dough will be very sticky still, but dump it out onto a floured surface and flour your hands. Very gently, fold the dough over itself about 5 or 6 times. Again, it is very important that you do not knead the dough and handle it for too long, because it will change the consistency and end result of the biscuit.
Pat, do not roll, the dough down until it is about a 1/2-1 inch thick. Cut into rounds and place the dough rounds on a baking sheet. If you are only making the biscuits, then you can place them in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown on top. If you are adding the pineapple filling, then before you place the biscuits in the oven, mix together the pineapple and cream cheese, and scoop a small amount (barely a spoonful) of the mixture to place in the middle of each biscuit round. This next step will get messy and the biscuits will look awful, but I promise, this is normal and they will bake just fine. Using your floured hands, pinch the biscuit dough together over the top of the pineapple mixture (it should look like you formed little bags).
Place the biscuits in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. While they are cooling, mix together the confectionery sugar and pineapple juice for your glaze. Brush the glaze over the biscuits while they are still warm.
Serve the biscuits warm and enjoy their flaky goodness!
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