Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Parmesan butter pan biscuits

Here's a recipe that Older Daughter loves to make. It's fairly quick and absolutely delicious.

The dough has yummy things like basil and Parmesan in it.

She was using some fresh milk some friends had given us, which first meant she had to skim (suck) off the cream.

Then we could use the milk itself in the recipe.



The dough is divided in half, then rolled into a rectangle...

...and sliced into bars.

Melt some butter (or margarine)...

...then divvy it up between two baking pans.

The bars of dough are dipped and rolled in the melted butter...

...then placed in the pan.

Ready to bake.

Ta da! Delicious and easy.

Here's the recipe. (We normally double it because everyone loves these so much.)

Parmesan Butter Pan Biscuits
1/3 cup butter or margarine
2 1/4 cups flour
2 T Parmesan cheese (we double this amount)
1 T sugar
3 1/2 t baking powder
1 t basil leaves (we add about a tablespoon)
1 T parsley
1 cup milk

Heat oven to 400F. Melt the butter and pour into a 9" baking pan.

In a bowl, add all the ingredients except milk. Stir in milk until just moistened. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead about ten times or until smooth.

Roll dough into 12x4" rectangle, then cut into twelve 1" strips. Roll the strips in the melted butter and place in the same pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned.


  1. Do you dry your basil leaves and then put them in a canning jar? How long do you dry them?

    1. Hang the basil plants upside down (from the ceiling or other convenient hanging spot) for about two or three weeks -- the house smells terrific, like an Italian restaurant -- then crush the leaves. We like to hang herbs near the woodstove since the heat rises and dries them faster.

      - Patrice

    2. I have a line stretched between the two cabinets on either side of my sink. I keep some clothespins on it. They are used to hang my mint and basil to dry as well as a place to drain the water when I wash out plastic bags for re-use. Some of my friends thought it was strange, but I've noticed the same thing in some of their houses now.

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  3. Patrice,
    Your Oldest Daughter did a fabulous job making the Parmesan Butter Pan Biscuits. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Another recipe, I must try!!

  4. Patrice, these look fabulous! The recipe doesn't call for any time rising. Is this accurate? What do you think would happen if you let them rise some first? K

    1. That's right, no rising since there's no yeast. They're like baking powder biscuits. I don't think letting them rise would make a difference since the baking powder action happens in the oven.

      - Patrice

    2. They turned out well. Thanks for posting lots of photos with your recipes! K

  5. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)May 30, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Looks delicious and super easy! Going to make them this Friday. Our oldest so will be here so, like you, will double the recipe. Thanks!

  6. They look yummy! Quick question, though... why do you skim off the cream? Couldn't you just mix it back into the milk? I've never had the opportunity to use fresh milk, so was just curious as to why. Thanks!

    1. We could, except in my opinion it leaves the milk TOO creamy (certainly the case for just plain drinking -- it's like drinking pure cream). Jersey milk can be as much as half cream. Plus we like to use the cream for other things, notably butter or whipped cream.

      - Patrice

  7. these pan biscuits look sooooo good! ...and seeing the pics... it is as if I can smell them baking!

    The bread topic took me to your bread machine story posted. That was interesting! I don't own a bread machine, but my first few years of attempts at making bread resulted in what could have been used for doorstops! They were so very dense and hard!

    But never give up, Patrice, if you ever have the urge to knead again. I was able to finally bake loaves that didn't fall. The loaves are seldom completely perfect, but they work. The easiest recipes I have made were: a Sunset Favorites book recipe for bread baked in a 1 lb. coffee tin (which, there are no more 1 lb. coffee tins now), and Raised Biscuits which are like fluffy rolls. Both those recipes only rise once, and require minimal handling.

    In any case, biscuits are great too! And scones are closely related. Who needs bread when you can make biscuits!

  8. Thanks for sharing, Patrice! We had these for dinner tonight, made by MY older daughter (it seemed fitting!) and they were great! She already wants to make another batch...

  9. I finally made a batch of these biscuits. I paired them with my stone soup ... (you know the one where you grab what you have from the pantry and fridge, throw it together and call it dinner) This had white beans, diced and stewed tomatoes, herbs, onion, garlic zucchini, carrots, celery, beef broth and left over diced pork loin.

    Let me tell you, these are amazing and the recipe now has a prized position on my fridge. (Along with my Sally Lund Bread recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I'm going to try this recipe this weekend! I LOVE your recipe for chicken hot pockets!