I'm from the south and I grew up eating my aunt's and my grandmother's biscuits on Sunday mornings. I still think about them and I want my kids to be thinking the same about my biscuits when they are my age. So I thought it was high time I learn how to make a homemade biscuit! Yep, what you see there is my first ever homemade biscuit and it is DELISH! Even though they are super easy to make, I have always been horrible at anything that involves dough and rolling out dough. But I took a sugar cookie class right before Christmas and was able to apply a few dough rolling skills I learned there to this biscuit recipe. This biscuit is buttery, cheesy, and honestly tastes like a southern cheese straw in the form of a flaky biscuit. I love cheese straws... It's certainly a biscuit that would be perfect for breakfast, brunch, and beginner biscuit makers... :)
Here is what you need and what to do (makes 6-8 biscuits):
Adapted from Ina Garten's "Back to Basics" cookbook
2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, diced
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup cold buttermilk
1 heaping cup extra sharp cheddar cheese (freshly grated is best here)
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. Place the flour, butter, baking soda, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer. Turn the mixer on low and mix until the butter resembles the size of peas.
3. Add the buttermilk and one egg to a small bowl and whisk them together. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Mix until the mixture is just moistened.
4. Add a few pinches of flour to the grated cheese and mix it up with your fingers. The flour will keep the cheese from sinking to the bottom of the biscuit. Add the cheese to the mixer and mix on low until the cheese is just combined.
5. Pour the dough out onto a floured surface. Bring the dough together and knead it 5 or so times. Kneading might sound intimidating, but it's not hard! There are tons of short YouTube videos out there in how to do it... Lightly flour a rolling pin and roll the dough until it is about 1/2 in thick. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 6-8 rectangles and place them on the lined baking sheet.
6. Add an egg and a few drops of water or buttermilk to a small bowl (I used the same small bowl I used earlier) and mix them together to create an egg wash. Brush the tops of the biscuits with the egg wash. Bake the biscuits for 20-25 minutes until they are browned and cooked through.
Serve hot! Enjoy!
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