Today i made cheddar ham biscuits.
1. in a large bowl, measure out:
- 3/4 c cake flour
- 1 1/4 c AP flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2. take 8 Tbs of salted butter, FROZEN.
3. grate the butter. (or crumble it in your food processor.)
4. refreeze the butter! you want it chunky and COLD.
5. add 1/2 c cheese to your flour mixture. you can used cubed cheddar, i'm using shredded cheese. (i only have horseradish cheddar in a block so i'm improvising.)
6a. cut up 1/2 c ham. cooked ham is easier. i'm using smoked (no pre cooked ham).
* 6b. since it's not precooked, i'm going to flash fry this just so that it gets up to temp (145º F)
7. add ham and cheese to bowl and coat it with flour.
8. add the butter and mix!
9. add 3/4 c (170 ml) of buttermilk
10. now you have dough! roll out on a flour surface.
11. use your favorite biscuit cutter (mine happens to be an upside down cup) and cut out circles. if doing it in batches, put queued dough in the fridge so the butter doesn't melt.
12. bake 450º F for 10-20 minutes. (you can use parchment paper, i only had a tiny piece left so i opted for cooking spray.)
13. done! serve with a cup of hot, black coffee. because everything tastes better with hot black coffee. i also recommend serving warm with maple syrup or... i'm probably going to whip up some rosemary butter to go with it.
next time i want to use cubed cheese.
i would also like to use bacon, but i'm making something with bacon later and can't spare any.
yes, i happen to have cake flour in my house. i don't know if it is necessary for biscuits or if you can use all AP flour. if you are going to skip the cake flour i would say to sift the flour first, at least once. or twice. think: light fluffy biscuits...
if you don't have buttermilk, i think regular would be ok. or do regular with a dash of lemon juice in it. that is my usual substitute. i think you can also add a dash of vinegar to regular milk to make a substitute. but the chemistry of vinegar may do somehting intersting to your dough. remember what happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar? yeah.