Pumpkin Black Pepper Biscuits


StreuselHow many of you have a collection of various salts and peppers in your pantry just waiting to be used?  With all of the tempting varieties of both out there, I’m guessing, there’s at least a few in everyone’s pantry.  I fell in love with salts two years ago when a co-worker gave me this collection as a gift from Savory Spice.

Strudel and I thought October would be a perfect month to showcase some of these wonderful flavorful ingredients that are quite frequently overlooked.

I couldn’t help myself when Savory Spice sent me an email that their Bourbon Barrel Smoked Black Pepper was out.  I had fresh roasted pumpkin in my refrigerator and I pondered how I could put the two together.  What better than a biscuit!


Pumpkin Black Pepper Biscuits

inspired by Pumpkin Sage Biscuits at Stephie Cooks

makes 20 to 22 biscuits (using a 2 1/2 inch in diameter biscuit cutter)


3 c. all-purpose flour

1 c. whole wheat flour

2 T. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

1 t. Himalayan sea salt

2 t. bourbon barrel smoked black pepper

1/2 c. unsalted butter (cut into inch chunks)

1/4 c. shortening (cut into inch chunks)

1 1/2 c. pumpkin (I roasted mine fresh – see how)

2 to 4 T. water


Combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and black pepper.  Cut in the butter and shortening with a pastry cutter or by hand until the fat is in pea size chunks.  Add in the mashed pumpkin and work the dough into a ball.  Add a few tablespoons of water to get enough liquid into the dough to form a ball.  Place the ball on a floured work surface and gently flatten it into a disk and then roll the dough out to about 1/2 to 1 inch thick.  Cut the biscuits using a biscuit cutter.  Place the biscuits on a baking sheet and bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until slightly brown on the bottom.  Serve hot or store in an air tight container for up to several days.


The pepper in these biscuits gives just a little bite, if you want more spice add 3 t. of black pepper.  I took these biscuits to a hoedown/potluck wedding and half were eaten before the ceremony even started!



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