Cinnamon Swirl Biscuits

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When I first started working on the dive boat in the Bahamas, I was overwhelmed so I took a lot of shortcuts, like buying pre-made muffins at Costco when I could provision in Miami. The crew and passengers were happy when I put in the effort to do legit baking. These cinnamon swirl biscuits were always a hit.

The best part about working on a dive boat was the time I spent in the water.  I logged a lot of dives in the Bahamas during the 4 years I spent on the Sea Fever. I also logged a lot of time cooking and buying groceries. There were times when we left Miami for several weeks at a time (9 weeks was my record) and I had to do a lot more baking as well as cooking.

Cinnamon Swirl Biscuits

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp ea sugar baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup butter at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • filling:
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup dried currants or raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  3. Cut in the butter, stir in the buttermilk.
  4. Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and knead about 10 times.
  5. Pat the dough into a rectangle about 12 inches by 4 inches.
  6. Brush with the melted butter, sprinkle the filling on top and press it in gently.
  7. Roll up the dough and cut into 1 inch slices.
  8. Drizzle on any remaining butter.
  9. Bake for 15 mins on greased cookie sheets.

Diving Dog Rocks in The Bahamas where I used to bake cinnamon swirl biscuits.

Raise your hand if you love cinnamon. This spice from the bark of the cinnamon tree is a mainstay in most kitchens and delivers one of the smells that makes probably 90% of you think of home, of Christmas, of baking.

Cinnamon also has some surprising health benefits. Studies have shown that cinnamon may help balance blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes by increasing glucose uptake. It also contains antioxidants, which help neutralize free radicals, preventing them from damaging cells in your body. Adding cinnamon to your diet may also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, decrease inflammation caused by arthritis, and slow the hardening of artery walls. So basically, my cinnamon swirl biscuits can be taken medicinally!

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