Monday, June 23, 2008

Baskets of Biscuits

I have been wanting to make biscuits for a while now but I have been so busy with school that I barely had time to cook, let alone bake, as you can tell by my lack of blog updates. Anyway, my first summer class is over and I have a whole week before my next class starts and I plan on cooking and baking as much as I possibly can. :)

I served these biscuits, as well as grilled green beans, as a side to chicken breasts that I seasoned up, grilled and topped with swiss cheese and fresh mushrooms. What an amazing dinner, I am so glad to be back in the kitchen again. Buy the way, did I mention that my husband ate 3 of these with dinner and was wanting to reach for a fourth. I think he missed my cooking too.

Biscuits with Garlic and Cheddar

(Adapted from :
Cook's Illustrated)

Makes Eight 2 1/2-Inch Biscuits

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (1/2 cup), shredded
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk, separated
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
~1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, for topping
~1/3 cup cheddar cheese, for topping

Garlic Butter Topping
4-5tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon parsley

1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Whisk together flour, cheddar cheese, sugar, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl. Add 1 1/4 cups milk and stir with wooden spoon until dough forms, about 30 seconds. Transfer dough from bowl to countertop, leaving all dry, floury bits behind in bowl. In 1 tablespoon increments, add up to 1/4 cup milk to dry bits in bowl, mixing with wooden spoon after each addition, until moistened. Add these moistened bits to rest of dough and knead by hand just until smooth, about 30 seconds.
3. Shape the dough into a round, 3/4-inch thick. Following illustrations below, cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter or cut into wedges with knife. Place rounds or wedges on parchment-lined baking sheet, brush biscuits with garlic butter topping and place a pinch of cheddar cheese on top of each. Bake until golden brown, about 18 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Brush tops of biscuits with garlic butter topping and sprinkle with garlic salt.


MrsSchoon said...

I'm drooling over here! I'll have to make these soon.

Anonymous said...

These look just wonderful! I have been craving cheddar biscuits, this is a great excuse to whip some up. I also love that you included the illustration!

Jaime said...

those look so fluffy and good!

Ally said...

Those look so good Amber! I know dh (and I) would go crazy for them!

Anonymous said...

These look so delicious! There's nothing better than a fluffy cheddar biscuit with dinner!

Stefany said...

ugh, those look amazing!! I am *terrible* with biscuits, so I am totally jealous of your skills! YUM!

Cate said...

Wow, these look insanely good. I love biscuits but I always make plain ones.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure he DID miss your cooking. these look AMAZINGLY delicious. I would hav eaten the whole basket myself! :)

Deborah said...

YUM! I'm a bread girl, and would probably eat 4 with my dinner, too!

That Girl said...

I'm making biscuits later this week. Cross your fingers that they rise as well as yours did!

Kelly said...

wow, Amber...these look so delicious!

Kelly said...

wow, Amber...these look so delicious!

Anonymous said...

These look incredible! I'm going to have to try them for sure.

Jessica said...

OMG, these look amazing!

Anonymous said...

I love me some biscuits!

Ashley said...

These bisquits turned out amazing. They were a big hit with my fiancee. Thanks so much for posting this recipe!