Spiced Carrot Biscuits With Salted Caramel Butter

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Becky Luigart-Stayner
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Makes 12 biscuits.
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Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado
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This delicious recipe won third prize in our 2014 Almanac Recipe Contest. Try it yourself!

Spiced Carrot Biscuits

3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cut into pieces
1-1/2 cups puréed cooked carrots
2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk, divided
1/3 cup golden raisins

Preheat oven to 425ºF. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

In a bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Cut in butter with a fork or pastry tool until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add carrots and 2/3 cup of buttermilk and stir until just combined.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Sprinkle dough with raisins and knead dough 10 times. Roll dough to about 1-inch thickness. Using a 2-1/2-inch round cutter, press out biscuits, rerolling dough as necessary.

Place biscuits on prepared baking sheet at least 1 inch apart. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush tops with remaining 1 tablespoon of buttermilk. Set aside.

Salted Caramel Butter

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup thick caramel sauce (store-bought or homemade)
pinch of salt

Using an electric mixer, beat together butter, caramel sauce, and salt until well combined. Serve biscuits with caramel butter on the side.

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