Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

Ever feel like you have bitten off more than you can chew?  If you say no, then I'm just going to have to say "c'mon now, don't lie" :-)  We've all been there, right?!  These last few weeks have felt that way.  I certainly didn't plan it to be that way, but things and events started stacking up on top of each other and all of a sudden I was asking myself "how did this happen?"  We never mean for it to happen, it just does.  So, we've had frozen pizzas and have had take-out for dinner (there goes my "monthly meal plan", by the way - we'll get back on track next week!).  However, I must make a point to say: we do what we have to do to stay sane!  If mom is feeling crazy, it's nothing but downhill from there.  Anybody relate?

When you have nothing but craziness on your plate, the last thing on your mind is making a breakfast from scratch.  So, save this for a Sunday morning!  But, also know that this isn't as time consuming as you might think.  I would even argue that this might be faster than making an omelet :-)

Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits
Original Recipe by Ina Garten, Back to Basics Cookbook, pg. 228

All purpose flour
1 T baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
12 T (1 1/2 sticks) cold, unsalted butter, diced
1/2 C cold buttermilk, shaken
1 cold extra large egg
1 C grated extra sharp Cheddar cheese (I use Vermont white cheddar)
1 egg beaten with 1 T water or milk

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  Place 2 C flour, the baking powder, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  With the mixer on low, add the butter and mix until the butter is the size of peas.
  Combine the buttermilk and egg in a small glass measuring cup and beat lightly with a fork.  With the mixer still on low, quickly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix only until moistened.  In a small bowl, mix the Cheddar with a small handful of flour and, with the mixer still on low, add the cheese to the dough.  Mix only until roughly combined.
  Dump out onto a well-floured board and knead lightly about 6 times.  Roll the dough out to a rectangle 5x10 inches.  With a sharp, floured knife, cut the dough lengthwise in half and then across in quarters, making 8 rough rectangles.  Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Brush the tops with the egg wash, sprinkle with sea salt, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are browned and the biscuits are cooked through. 
Serve hot or warm.

Of course, you have to put a pad of butter on your biscuits!

Enjoy and live with gusto!


  1. these look so so yummy! they would be perfect for breakfast as a bacon and egg sandwich!!!!

  2. I am with Sabrina..these are so yummy! Love any kind of biscuit, and yours looks really good!

  3. These look wonderful and I bet make the house smell great while they are baking! Perfect to make if you have out of town guests. I hear you on crazy weeks-- the past few have been really hectic for me too! Hope it calms down for you soon.