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Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Cheddar Biscuits

Biscuits, when done right, might be one of my favorite breakfast foods. I’m not talking about greasy, fast-food biscuits. I’m talking about biscuits that taste like the ones your grandma makes. For me, that always involved a lot of butter. Until just a few days ago, I never considered making biscuits without butter (and buttermilk, for that matter). That’s one of the reasons I love Baking Illustrated so much. I was reading through it on Friday and found the most wonderful recipe for cheddar biscuits. Much to my surprise, the biscuits were made only with heavy cream. Of course, there’s a recipe for buttermilk biscuits in there, too, but I was intrigued by this recipe. I’ve made cream scones before, so I’m not really sure why the idea of cream biscuits never crossed my mind, though I’m guessing part of the reason has to do with the aforementioned buttery buttermilk biscuits my grandma makes. Friday night, I went to bed thinking about these biscuits. I made them first thing Saturday morning and could have eaten them the rest of the day.

These biscuits were some of the best biscuits I’ve ever had and certainly the best ones I’ve ever made. There was something about the cheese that just transformed them. Instead of being shredded, the cheese is actually cubed. It melts beautifully, giving you plenty of cheesy goodness in every bite. The biscuits were so fluffy and rich that I couldn’t believe they didn’t have butter. In fact, they were so delicious that we didn’t even need to spread butter on the cooked biscuits. The best part about these is how quickly they can be put together. I don’t have any problems cutting butter into flour (which is the method for making buttermilk biscuits). However, adding cream to a few dry ingredients is about as easy as it gets, and that’s perfect when you’re in a hurry or just really hungry. So while I won’t be giving up buttermilk biscuits, it’s nice to have this recipe for when I need a quick biscuit fix without much work.

Cheddar Biscuits

Cream Biscuits with Cheddar Cheese
Ingredients:
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425º and place oven rack in the upper-middle position. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the cheese. Pour in 1 1/4 cups of the cream and stir with a wooden spoon for about 30 seconds, or until a dough forms. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface, leaving behind any dry pieces of flour in the bowl. In tablespoon increments, add up to the remaining 1/4 cup of cream to the dry bits left in the bowl, stirring with a wooden spoon after each addition. Once the bits are moistened, add them to the rest of the dough. Knead by hand for about 30 seconds, just until the dough is smooth.

To make biscuit rounds, pat the dough into a 1-inch thick circle. Using a biscuit cutter, cut the biscuits and place on the baking sheet. Push together the remaining dough and cut more biscuits. You should have 8, but that will depend on the size of your biscuit cutter. Alternately, press the dough evenly into an 8-inch cake pan. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and cut into 8 wedges using a sharp knife or bench scraper. Bake the biscuits, immediately after cutting, for 18 minutes. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Baking Illustrated


  • Michael

    Are these similar in taste/consistency to jim n nicks cheddar biscuits?

    • Courtney

      I love those, but these aren’t very similar. I think the ones at Jim N Nick’s are more like muffins in consistency and more moist than these. In fact, I think they even make theirs in a muffin pan. These are like regular, fluffy biscuits, just with cheese added.

  • http://sotastysoyummy.blogspot.com katie

    These look delightful! I tried the recipe going around for cheddar biscuits using Bisquick and I was underwhelmed, they were so greasy. Iam really looking forward to trying your version!

    • Courtney

      Thank you! I tried that recipe a few years ago and had the same sentiment. Let me know how you like these!

  • http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com Maria

    Your biscuits look perfect!

    • Courtney

      Thanks so much! :)

  • http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.com torviewtoronto

    biscuits look delicious

  • Carrie

    I love biscuits and these sound great. I am going to try these soon.

  • http://www.cabotcheese.coop Candace Karu

    I can’t wait to try these biscuits and share the recipe with our cheddar-loving friends. Your description and photos make me want to get in the kitchen and start cooking…at bedtime. Yummy!

  • http://annies-eats.com Annie

    Glad you drew my attention to these. I think I may try them with the addition of some apples because my mom used to make apple cheddar muffins that I loved, but I can’t find the recipe anywhere. And since it’s from Baking Illustrated, I already know I’ll love it.

    • Courtney

      That sounds like a wonderful addition! I feel exactly the same way about Baking Illustrated; it’s my all-time favorite cookbook, for sure.

  • http://valsocal.blogspot.com valerie

    I think I could live off of these biscuits!!!! Yum.

  • Elza

    I am wondering – that heavy cream, can I use a whipping cream 35% instead of that? and does it have to be the way it comes out of it’s packaging or do I have to be whipped?

    • Courtney

      You can use that, and it should be used un-whipped.

  • http://seriouslysillygirl.blogspot.com Alli B

    Have made these several times and they’re a huge hit every single time I make them. Am reblogging today because I’m making them for Easter. Thanks for the great recipes!