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Blueberry Thyme Biscuits with Blueberry Honey

by Angela Roberts on July 20, 2013

I have a generous herb garden which leads me to baking things like blueberry thyme biscuits which call for a slathering of blueberry honey made by bees that pollinated the blueberry bushes where I picked these berries.

These are not your normal savory biscuits. These are very much like my most favorite Southern fluffy biscuits, only much sweeter, full of freshly picked berries that I picked myself and kissed with just the right amount of fresh thyme that grows in my garden. Sounds very dreamy, very home ec “ish.” Sometimes I get to have those moments and I cherish them. Pairing blueberries (or any berry) with thyme pulls together two harmonious notes.

Thyme is one of the most versatile herbs that we in the South can grow year long. It makes its presence known, but not in an overpowering way. This bush is just one of my thyme bushes.

Blueberry Thyme Biscuits and fresh thyme by Angela Roberts

We are fortunate enough to have access to the honey made with bees who hung out at the blueberry bushes.

Blueberry Thyme Biscuits with Truebee Blueberry Honey by Angela Roberts

This has been the summer of love, growing things in the garden, picking fruits from bushes and trees, and cultivating herbs. For all the corporate promotions, big bonuses, and Four star hotel stays that I once experienced in a former career, this is the best part of my life. Of course, it’s all shared with children, friends, family, neighbors. If not for people, then it means nothing, although a solitude in the kitchen is, at times, much coveted.

I’m typing and gazing at a peach cobbler made with freshly picked peaches a friend dropped off. I’m about to put a buttermilk pie in the oven for company Retro Rose is having (she thinks I’m a baker and she places her order a week in advance). I’m using buttermilk another neighbor dropped off because know I’ll use up all the good ingredients they have too much of. I’m staring at watermelon that came from my friend’s farm and is about to become some kind of drink, but not sure yet. Agua Fresca perhaps?

Who wouldn’t want this life? Probably most people, because there is some kind of deception in the culture that this is less than, second class, not fun, and unsatisfying.  Women that live like this are fat and homely and wear sweat pants all the time. I have to laugh because sometimes I come back from the gym and head straight to the kitchen in lycra gym pants way longer than I should.

But as unglamorous as a dirty kitchen and crumbs all over the floor is, I wake up happy each morning to face the day. I didn’t do that when I worked in a corporation. I woke up dreading the day, working for a boss who worked for a boss who worked for a boss, making pleasing everyone so complicated, and non-transferable in human heart terms.  Not that I didn’t love that job at times, as I did. The Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, paid for dinners in Manhattan, the frequent San Francisco trips, the shopping and money and not having to do a single dish all day, but, I really love this more. This is the what I’ll remember closer to my end. Most importantly, this is what the people I love will remember most about me.

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Butter, flour, blueberries, buttermilk, thyme hand crafted into blueberry thyme biscuits can be sexy, can be rewarding. It’s really a matter of remembering what the grass is like on the other side. So tell me, are you right now living the best years of your life or are they somewhere in your future?

By the way, a few other Nashville food bloggers have been going as crazy with blueberries as I have. Check them out.

Shanna from Food Loves Writing also picked her own blueberries at a different Tennessee Farm and made Blueberry Buckle

Teresa from Food on Fifth made gluten free Tennessee Blueberry Shortcakes

Leah from So How’s It Taste made Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil made a Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie

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Blueberry Thyme Biscuits with Blueberry Honey
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Recipe type: Biscuits
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
Sweet fluffy Southern blueberry buttermilk biscuits made with thyme from the garden for a delightful combination of sweet and savory.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups blueberries, tossed in ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups White Lily or soft wheat flour (all purpose)
  • 6-8 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons ice cold butter cubed
  • pinch baking soda
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • Honey cultivated on blueberry bushes
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder together.
  2. Mix in herbs (remove from thyme stems).
  3. Cut in butter using pastry cutter or your hands.
  4. Add in blueberries, gently.
  5. Put a pinch of baking soda in buttermilk.
  6. Add buttermilk to mixture.
  7. Mix until well incorporated.
  8. Pat down and cut with biscuit cutter.
  9. Put in baking sheet, touching or use a cast iron pan as I did.
  10. Bake at 450 degrees for 14 minutes, a little longer if biscuits are extra large.
  11. Serve with butter and honey.
Notes
Always make sure your herbs are incorporated into dry flour first before adding in any wet ingredients.

Always allow your biscuits to kiss (touch) before baking. They rise faster.

 

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Shanna July 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

Fresh blueberries, fresh honey, homemade biscuits! What could be better? Sounds like my kind of luxury living. : )

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angela July 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

Thanks, Shanna, It’s amazing to know I’m eating the same honey that cultivated these blueberries.

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Leah | So, How's It Taste? July 20, 2013 at 9:21 am

Those blueberry biscuits in a cast iron skillet are calling my name! Thanks for including me in the roundup!

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angela July 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

You’re welcome Leah. We sure do love our blueberries round here.

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Rosa July 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

A haevenly combination! Those biscuits look really good.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Teresa Blackburn July 20, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Wow this really is blueberry month isn’t it? I just picked up another pint at the Farmer’s Market downtown this morning from the Amish…they were only $2.75 per pint which is a pretty good price.
Your biscuits are just amazing looking. I will add some “thyme” to mine next “time”.

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angela July 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

Thanks, Teresa, we are all happy blueberry this summer.

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Lynda - TasteFood July 20, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Blueberries and thyme – a match made in heaven. And speaking of heaven, these biscuits look just like heaven.

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 21, 2013 at 5:39 am

I think you have it all worked out! It’s all about quality of life isn’t it? And these biscuits are all quality Angela :D

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deana July 21, 2013 at 6:23 am

Beautiful biscuits and love your sentiments about your new life. There is a lot to be said for the cool down portion of life. The fast lane view misses a lot.

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angela July 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

Thanks, Deana, this is still a hectic life, but in a good way.

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bellini July 21, 2013 at 9:32 am

I remember the thyme and the fragrance as we brushed past in my gardens at the house. We even had a type of thyme that grew between the stone pathway that was so fragrant when crushed underfoot. But I remember most the thyme honey I brought back from the island of Kea in Greece from the prolific wild thyme that grew every year. Such a special treat. It is time to make scones.

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angela July 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

Oh Val, scones sound so good right now.

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Shannon July 22, 2013 at 11:45 am

these sound absolutely fabulous!!! i’m drooling over the thought of them :)

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Amanda July 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Thanks, Angela. I made a pan of these for breakfast on Sunday . . . they didn’t even get a chance to cool down :-)

I was a little concerned with how wet the dough was; but the biscuits had a wonderful texture.

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