Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
My favourite biscuit recipe! Crunchy outside, soft, buttery inside, with the addition of CHEESE! An adaptation I made from one of Edna Lewis' recipes. Note: Feel free to use lard or shortening as opposed to butter - I always prefer lard over shortening though.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 2⁄3 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
- Put 1 Tbsp butter in a large cast iron skillet, or heavy baking dish, and place in oven.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, 3/4 cup of the cheese, and salt, mix till combined.
- Cut butter in using a pastry cutter or two knives (I use my kitchen-aid, more often than not, with a paddle beater), until it is the consistency of small peas.
- Stir in buttermilk, if too dry or crumbly, add at few splashes more until the dough is workable, but not sticky.
- Take skillet out of the oven.
- On a floured surface, turn dough out, knead no more than 8-10 times, and pat down to about 3/4" thickness. Cut out biscuits with a biscuit cutter or a kitchen glass. Don't bother re-rolling the dough, just leave the odds and ends in the pan as they are as a little treat for yourself. Just to ensure the biscuits aren't tough!
- Prick with the tines of a fork, and brush with beaten egg over the tops.
- Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese, place in hot skillet.
- Bake 10-12 minutes till golden brown and cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.