Fruited Cheese-filled Lemon Biscuits

These tender flaky lemon biscuits filled with cucumber, toasted pecans, and Swiss cheese serve well with light soups or salads for lunch or afternoon tea.

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Makes:
12 servings
Yields:
12 sandwiches
Prep:
25 mins
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Fruited Cheese-filled Lemon Biscuits

Ingredients
2
tablespoons chopped pecans
1/4
cup low-fat or regular creamy cucumber salad dressing
3/4
cup boursin or soft-style cream cheese with garlic and herbs
3/4
cup finely chopped fresh fruit (peach, plum, or tomato)
3/4
cup finely chopped seeded cucumber
2
tablespoons snipped parsley
 
Lettuce leaves, torn
6
ounces sliced low-fat or regular cheese (Swiss, provolone, Havarti) and/or prosciutto

Directions

  1. To toast the pecans, spread the nuts in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown, stirring once or twice.
  2. For fruited cheese, combine salad dressing and 1/4 cup of the boursin or cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in chopped fruit, cucumber, toasted pecans, and parsley. Set aside.
  3. Slice biscuits in half horizontally. Spread cut sides with remaining boursin or cream cheese. Line biscuit bottom with lettuce leaves; add 3 to 4 tablespoons fruited cheese and cheese and/or proscuitto slices, dividing equally. Place biscuit top on cheese. Makes 12 sandwiches.

Lemon Biscuits

Ingredients

1
tablespoon sugar
2
teaspoons baking powder
1/4
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup shortening
1/3
cup buttermilk
1/3
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

Directions

  1. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Quickly knead by folding and pressing gently for 10 to 12 strokes or until the dough is nearly smooth. Pat or lightly roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough with a floured 2-1/2-inch biscuit cutter, dipping the cutter into flour between cuts.
  2. Basic Lemon Biscuits Stir together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of dry mixture. Combine 1/3 cup buttermilk and 1/3 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing; add to dry mixture all at once. Stir just until moistened.
  3. Place biscuits 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 450 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Remove biscuits from the baking sheet and cool slightly. Serve warm. Makes 6 to 8.
From the Test Kitchen

Prepare and bake biscuits as directed; cool completely. Place biscuits in a freezer container or bag and freeze up to 3 months. Before serving, wrap frozen biscuits in foil and bake in a 300 degree F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until warm.

Nutrition Facts

(Fruited Cheese-filled Lemon Biscuits)
    Per serving:
  • 292 kcal cal.,
  • 21 g fat
  • (7 g sat. fat,
  • 14 mg chol.,
  • 252 mg sodium,
  • 19 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 8 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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