Friday, October 21, 2011
Crusty Cheddar Garlic Pepper Biscuits my Way
Biscuits aren’t fancy but believe me, these biscuits are as about as flavorsome as you can imagine a biscuit would be ~ crispy on the outside and smooth on the inside. Over the years, I’ve tried many variations of this biscuit and never achieved a “great” crusty top layer until by accident recently. Here’s how it went:
Normally, in recipes for cheese-garlic biscuits, the biscuits are baked and then brushed with the garlic butter when they come out of the oven. But, one evening in a rush, I brushed them with the butter mixture when I realized they needed more baking time ~ they just weren’t the golden brown they should have been and I was afraid they may not be baked through on the inside. So back in the oven they went and when they came out and I bit into one, Voila! I was shocked! They were a beautiful golden brown, tender inside with a very crusty, cheesy, garlicky top!
We swore they were the best! Make the batter, drop the biscuits and bake a while. Pull them out of the oven; brush with a butter, garlic, pepper and parsley mixture. Then return the biscuits to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes or so. They’re perfectly delicious and you won’t be able to stop at one!
Cheddar Garlic Pepper Biscuits
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons shortening
3 tablespoons butter, cold
1¼ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup buttermilk OR ½ cup sour cream whisked with ½ cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
Mix flour, baking powder, garlic powder and ½ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.
Cut in the shortening and cold butter into the flour mixture using a fork, pastry blender or your fingers until the dough resembles coarse crumbs.
Mix in cheese.
Stir in buttermilk until just moistened. Do not overmix.
Drop dough onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about ¼ cup for each biscuit. Or, use a kitchen tablespoon and heap it extra large.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Stir together melted butter, garlic powder, salt, pepper and parsley in a small bowl. With a light hand, brush over warm biscuits.
Bake for another 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes 12 biscuits
They are so crunchy delicious that they will become your “go-to” biscuits like they are mine!!!
Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and recipes.