All you need is 30 minutes and a few simple ingredients to whip up a family favorite recipe for The Best Cheddar Biscuits.
When it comes to homemade carbs, few recipes surpass my love of light and fluffy cheddar biscuits.
There’s just something therapeutic about about peeling apart the stacked layers of butter, cheese and chives, and knowing that your very hands created this perfect marriage of flour and fat.
When it comes to making biscuits from scratch, there are a few tricks that separates decent biscuits from slam-dunk biscuits, and it all starts with a simple kitchen gadget: the box grater.
Freezing and then grating the butter allows the cold fat to be evenly distributed within the biscuits, and the result is flaky layers and buttery pockets in every light bite.
Second most important on the list of tips for mastering cheddar biscuits is the folding and re-rolling of the dough (a.k.a. lamination).
Much like croissants, biscuit dough benefits from being rolled, folded and then re-rolled. It’s this repetitive process that stacks all the layers atop one another, yielding the flakiest possible biscuits.
And last but not least on your path to biscuit domination: the final brush of heavy cream. A thick coating of the cool cream not only adds moisture but ensures your biscuits will achieve the essential golden brown top.
So grab the flour, cheddar, and chives then preheat your oven for The Best Cheddar Biscuits, which are perfect for snacking or serving alongside soup, salad or entrées of all kinds (hello, pulled pork!).
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The Best Cheddar Biscuits
all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting work surface
(1 stick) unsalted butter, cold
buttermilk, cold, plus more for brushing biscuits
freshly grated cheddar cheese
chopped fresh chives
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Grate the butter on the large hole of a box grater. (Alternately, dice it into small cubes.)
Add the butter to the bowl with the flour, and using your fingers, work the butter into the flour until the texture resembles small pebbles.
Add the buttermilk, shredded cheddar cheese and chives, and using a spatula, mix together the ingredients just until combined.
Lightly flour your work surface then turn out the dough. Using your hands, gather and knead the dough just until it is cohesive. (Do not overknead the dough.)
Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it’s 1/2-inch thick. Fold it into thirds (like a letter) then rotate the dough 90° and roll it out again until it is a 10×6-inch rectangle that’s 3/4-inch thick.
Using a sharp knife, cut the rectangle into 9 rectangular biscuits. Arrange the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet then brush the tops of them with buttermilk. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Bake the biscuits until they are golden brown and no longer doughy, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove the biscuits from the oven and serve.
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The Best Cheddar Biscuits
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Vitamin A 622IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.