It has been HOT. Like forget-you-even-have-an-oven hot. But what is one to do when peaches are in season, ripe and begging to be sugared and served on a biscuit? Do without? Of course not! I turned my attention to the grill, the glorious contraption that sends heat to the outside world and not my home. I tried to think logically about how this could work. I needed steady, consistent heat, like an oven. If I had been on the prairie 150 years ago making biscuits I would have used coals and a cast-iron skillet. I pulled out my skillet and thought, yep, I can do this. Of course, not knowing for sure, I was only willing to risk two Robinhood Meetinghouse Cream Cheese Biscuits for my experiment.
I thawed my biscuits on a plate for about 20 minutes, heated up the grill and greased my skillet. I popped my biscuits in the pan, added a few ears of corn since the grill was on (I'm obsessed with grilled corn right now), and shut the lid. I let my skillet rest on the grill surface in this picture. Next time I do this I'm going to try letting the skillet warm first, let the biscuits sizzle on the bottom and then place it on the top rack for the duration of the biscuit cooking, keeping the burners at medium heat. I checked them after 6 minutes and they were magically rising up - just like they do in the oven! All in all, they took about 15 minutes to brown, and the bottoms were a teeny bit burnt. I think I could have resolved this by placing biscuits on the top shelf a few minutes into the cook time. Next time I'll lower the heat to medium-low and move the pan up to the top shelf half-way through. Even if the bottoms were a little bit burnt, I only lost 2 out of the 24 layers in each biscuit.
While the biscuits were grilling, I peeled and sugared the peaches and whipped some cream. I sliced off the bottoms of the biscuits, spooned over the peaches and their juices and topped with whipped cream. Mmmmmm, perfect! The biscuits tasted just as delicious as oven baked, fluffy and buttery just as they should be.
Maybe I should have grilled the peaches, too.
- The Biscuit Girl