Cheese Biscuits

Let’s not beat around the bush here. There’s no clever title today. I have to proofread a bunch of pages, but then I’m going to marinate some pork and cook my little heart out.

Weeks ago, I promised someone (probably Cougar Clause) that I’d post my recipe for cheese biscuits. Here you go (and our mother said she could never make good biscuits, which is probably why biscuits are one of my standbys and the first thing I learned how to make; mothers and daughters are weird like that. I don’t wear the color navy either.).

2 c flour

4 ts baking powder

1 ts salt

2 Tb shortening (i.e., butter. Don’t EVEN THINK about using Crisco)

3/4 to 1 c milk (spoiled is fine)

3/4 c grated cheddar cheese

1. Combine dry ingredients. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Blend shortening into flour mixture. You can use a food processor, a pastry cutter, or two knives for this. The goal is for every bit of flour to be bonded to a bit of butter.

3. Add milk, stir briefly with wooden spoon, then add cheese.

4. Dump out on a floured board and knead for approximately 3.2 seconds, or until it just begins to cohere. (Obligatory yell: DO NOT OVERHANDLE THE DOUGH).

5. Pat out dough until it is 1/2″ thick. Cut out biscuits with biscuit cutter or glass. The first time I made this I actually cut the biscuits with a knife into small squares, so it would feed more people. That worked out pretty well.

6. 10 to 15 min into the oven.

What would you rather do, cook or work?

10 responses to “Cheese Biscuits

  1. I didn’t know that thing about mothers and daughters. But that explains Baby Cougar’s Black Forest Cake.

    But that thing about navy, Indy: hold off a few years. I didn’t either, and then my hair changed colors. Remember, you never knew her when she was your age…

    • Here’s how it was explained to me by my mother and/or grandmother: Our great grandmother’s favorite color was purple, and so our grandmother was dressed in purple as a child and never once wore it as an adult. Our grandmother’s favorite color was green. And yet, our mother never ever wore green, even though it would have been a good color on her. And I never wear navy.

      I’ll bet Baby Cougar makes a killer Black Forest Cake.

  2. Cook, every time. Being in a new kitchen is all KINDS of inspiring. I made lemon-blueberry scones on Monday, which caused the little guy’s eyes to roll back in his head. (He assures me this is the ultimate sign of pleasure.) Let’s see if I get the same reaction for the cheddar biscuits.

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