Cabin Baking: Scallion Black Pepper Biscuits

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Cabin Cooking: Scallion Black Pepper Biscuits

I’m pretty sure there’s a law somewhere that states that if you’re in a cabin in the middle of the woods, you have to bake biscuits in a cast iron with fluffy socks on.

I did just that this past weekend when Josh, Amelia and I headed to Big Bear for the Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend situation.

Cabin Cooking: Scallion Black Pepper Biscuits

I found this old, cozy cabin on AirBnB and booked it a month ago, when snow had just fallen and I was dreaming of a very snowy time. Unfortunately temperatures have warmed and a lot of the snow melted but it didn’t stop me from making a cozy ass breakfast for two (errr…three bc Amelia had half a biscuit).

Look at her in this parka. I mean….she hates me/it but also she loved the snow. I’d turn around and find her with her head buried in the snow and trying to bite it.


Cabin Cooking: Scallion Black Pepper Biscuits

Cabin Cooking: Scallion Black Pepper Biscuits

Cabin Cooking: Scallion Black Pepper Biscuits

This actually was supposed to be scallion benne seed (sesame seed) biscuits but I forgot the sesame seeds at home. I actually forgot flour too but luckily the cabin came with a small bag.

I actually thought of hauling a bunch of my props and stuff to the cabin to make it feel more “me” but then I was just like whatever, it’ll be fine. And I’m glad I didn’t do that because I loved using what the kitchen had on hand.

Cabin Cooking: Scallion Black Pepper Biscuits

Cabin Cooking: Scallion Black Pepper Biscuits

Cabin Cooking: Scallion Black Pepper Biscuits

An old flat cast iron skillet, an old ass sifter that I probably didn’t really need and little cups and weaved baskets.

The eggs were a gift from the host who just took them out of her chicken coop where she had like 10 chickens hanging out in the snow.

Amelia met them and was terrified.

Cabin Baking: Scallion Black Pepper Drop Biscuits

I made these biscuits in like an hour; the ease of drop biscuits always surprises me and is a constant reminder that they’re one of the best throw-together-breakfast things.

It was maybe the best two days in recent memories. We watched the entire Chelsea Handler special on Netflix, played Scrabble, took the sleds down the hill and I ran into a bunch of tree branches (luckily it wasn’t the tree trunk) while Amelia barked and ran after me (she was worried).

Cabin Cooking: Scallion Black Pepper Biscuits

Cabin Baking: Scallion Black Pepper Biscuits

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Serving Size: 6 to 8 biscuits


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 scallions,, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4 to 1/2 cups buttermilk,, shaken
  • Egg wash, (1 large egg + 1 tablespoon water or buttermilk or milk, beaten), for topping
  • Freshly cracked black pepper,, for topping


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder. Using a box grater, grate the butter atop the flour mixture. (I actually didn’t have one so I cubed it up into tiny pieces.) Mix the butter into the with your hands until it’s tiny pea-sized bits. Next, add the scallions and toss them in until evenly distributed.
  • Make a well into the center and pour in the 1 1/4 cup of buttermilk. Mix with a wooden spoon until it comes together. If it’s still a bit dry, feel free to add another 1/4 cup of buttermilk. On a parchment-lined baking sheet or in a cast iron skillet, drop about 6 to 8 liberal tablespoons of dough. (Don’t be shy to help them in more of a mount shape.) Brush the tops with egg wash and then sprinkle with black pepper. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Remove and serve with butter.
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  • Reply Ileana February 23, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I love the different light in these photos. Sounds like an ace weekend! I rented an airbnb in Asheville for the V-Day long weekend (we did get a bit of snow one morning -magic!!) and had caramel popcorn with benne seeds – you might like that! 🙂

  • Reply Karen February 22, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Thank you–Two of my favorite things in one biscuit-scallions and black pepper!
    And Big Bear too! I grew up in Glendora and we went to Big Bear often, to get away from it all, as they say. I live in Seattle now, which I love, but would drive many people crazy. We had a bumper crop for rain the last 3 months, breaking records and crushing souls. So much for El Niño!

  • Reply Chrissy February 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    The cabin, the weekend, the biscuits all sound perfect. So charming!

  • Reply Robin February 20, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Do you know this facebook page already? If not, you’ll love it I bet and smile @ all their wonderful posts! :

  • Reply Robin February 20, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Adrianna ~ that looks like a wonderful and rustic getaway! The biscuits look amazing but even more amazing with that cozy view. Amelia is absolutely adorable. I’ve fallen in love with corgi’s from posts on a facebook page of a couple that have two of them – Ralph and George. I have a sheltie mix that I think has some corgi in her! They are such quirky, entertaining and precious dogs!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 20, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Hahah best corgi names! They’re really strange dogs with a ton of personality. I had no idea before Amelia just how much bc I just loved them from pictures!

  • Reply Celia Becker @ After Orange County February 19, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Amelia. Had I known you were headed to Big Bear I would have invited you to stay at my “cozy” cabin, Stone Hill Cottage: I write about the renovation of my vintage log cabin on my blog called After Orange County. There is nothing better than cooking with a view of a beautiful snowy landscape and your biscuits look delicious!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 19, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Oh your place is so pretty! Love it and I love Big Bear!

      • Reply Celia Becker @ After Orange County February 20, 2016 at 6:09 am

        Adrianna, I’m so embarrassed that I called you Amelia. Don’t know where that came from. Sorry! Thank you for your kind comment about my cabin.

        • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 20, 2016 at 11:59 am

          Oh that’s ok. My mother calls me Amelia by accident all the time and she named me. Ha.

    • Reply Robin February 20, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Celia – your cabin is lovely and beautifully renovated. I could live in that year round! I do see, unfortunately, that pets are not allowed.

  • Reply Linda February 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    that dog…that dawg… & those biscuits. Both gorgeous 🙂

  • Reply Kari February 19, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    We’re thinking about getting a corgi! Amelia is so adorable!

  • Reply tracy February 19, 2016 at 10:26 am


  • Reply Nadine February 19, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Hi ! I’ve just received your book ” A Year of Cozy ” I ordered on Amazon. I love it. I’ve spent such a relaxing moment going through it. Then I discovered you’ve got a blog and here I am, enjoying it. I’m fond of Amelia. She looks cute and smart.
    Thanks for sharing your world with us.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 19, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Awww yay! Thank you so much. I’m so glad you love the book and you found me here. xoxo

  • Reply Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect February 19, 2016 at 1:00 am

    I have nothing to base staying in a cabin in the woods on, except for American TV shows. This looks like something out of The Waltons or Little House on the Prairie!

    It looks picture perfect and Amelia does look suitably unimpressed by her coat.

    Our puppy needs a coat, but he’s so sleek and slim and constantly growing, it’s a battle to find one!

    Hope you had a lovely break and the biscuits look very tasty.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 19, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Hahaha honestly whenever I make her wear anything she’s insulted and unimpressed.