I've never made biscuits before. They've always kind of scared me, with the cutting in of butter, rolling out dough, etc. This is Homesick Texan's recipe, adapted slightly by a cooking friend (of the blog For Goodness Sake). I love the directions provided by my cooking friend; they were SO easy to follow and made perfect biscuits for me. For Goodness Sake also added Manchego cheese to these biscuits. I was going to do the same, but looking in my fridge, I realized that I had some Sao Jorge cheese that needed to be used, so I threw that in instead. Sao Jorge is kind of similar to Manchego, especially in texture. Parmesan would be a great substitute.
I loved the biscuits with the cheese, but next time I want to leave it out, just so I can spread my homemade strawberry freezer jam over a fresh-from-the-oven biscuit... mmmm..........
I didn't try using any whole wheat pastry flour this time around, but maybe next time I'll use a small amount, like 1/4 cup or so.
Note: I made these again 8/29/2012 using sharp cheddar and they were very, very delicious!!
Sao Jorge Cheese Biscuits
adapted from Homesick Texan
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder1 teaspoon sugar (can add more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, cold (8 tablespoons)
3/4 cup buttermilk, cream or half-and-half
½ cup Sao Jorge or Manchego cheese, shredded (can substitute sharp cheddar or Parmesan)
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. (I did 425)
2. Mix dry ingredients together. Cut stick of butter into pieces, and work into flour mixture with your hands or a pastry blender until it resembles pea-sized crumbs. Add liquid, mixing until a bit loose and sticky. Add in shredded cheese.
3. Pour dough out onto floured surface and knead for a minute. Dough should be smooth and no longer wet. Sprinkle more flour on the surface if it sticks. Roll out to ¼ to ½ inch thick and cut into biscuits (I used a drinking glass). Place on baking sheet ( I used parchment paper on it) close together (so they rise up not out), and bake for 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Makes 10-12 biscuits.
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