Monday, 24 June 2013

Cheddar Bay Biscuits - with my own twist

Do you think making biscuits is time consuming or too difficult?  It really isn't!! You only need the ingredients, a bowl and spatula and of course an oven...and a cookie sheet... ok you catch my drift - I presume you have those types of things..:)

The baking of biscuits is 12 minutes!  It takes maybe 10 minutes at the most to throw these together!
I have been baking these for a long time - I don't know where I got the original recipe but here is one from The Brown Eyed Baker and recently Wish and Dishes post on Facebook and reminded me of how much my family loves these. So the other night I made them - and in about 30 minutes most of them were gone. 

So today I made them again but added a little extra punch by sprinkling in some Tuscan Sunset from Pixie Chicks, it really added that extra little something to them.

*makes about 10 -12 biscuits*
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Tuscan Sunset
 4 ounces cheese, shredded (about 1 cup shredded) I use 1/2 cup sharp cheddar or marble and 1/2 cup Pepper Jack cheese
1 cup buttermilk, cold
½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled for 5 minutes
For the Topping:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley (or ¼ teaspoon dried)
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, garlic powder and cayenne. Stir in the cheddar cheese; set aside.
In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, stir together the buttermilk and melted butter until the butter forms small clumps.
Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix gently with a rubber spatula just until a dough forms and no dry ingredients remain. Do not over mix!  Using  a greased ¼-cup measuring cup to scoop out portions of dough. Place on the prepared baking sheet, leave a little more than an inch between each biscuits.
Bake until the biscuits are golden brown, about 12 minutes. When the biscuits are in the oven, stir together the 2 tablespoons melted butter, garlic powder and parsley. Remove the biscuits from the oven and immediately brush with the topping mixture. Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes (IF you can wait that long) before serving.   Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container - IF you actually have any left over!!
I hope you give these a try - they really are quick and easy and taste so good!

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