26 February 2009

The Chantilly Meringues that Never Were........

Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits



Once again it is time for the Barefoot Bloggers to join forces and make some delicious recipes from Ina Garten and her league of cookbooks. She is one of my favourites. It is always a "win win situation" because her recipes are always consistent. I haven't come across a recipe yet that hasn't turned out and been a crowd pleaser. This week BMK of Reservations Not Required had chosen Meringues Chantilly. Now don't adjust your monitor or think that I don't know a biscuit from a meringue, I just haven't had the time to cook up this sweet temptation. It is not even the fact that it is a dessert because this would be light on the waistline with all those egg whites. You will find the recipe here to make these delicious treats. Don't they look so tempting!!!!!!!!





Instead I offer you a different recipe from Ina for Buttermilk Cheese Biscuits. I took the advise of many readers and cut back on the salt dramatically and the resulting biscuits were light and fluffy with my favourite addition of cheese!!!!! Not as beautiful as the Chantilly Meringues, but they are superior in their own category.

The Barefoot Bloggers have made 71,650 Friday dinners for Jeffrey to date!!!!!!


**Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits**

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
1 tablespoon baking powder
1- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (I used 1/2 teaspoon because of comments that the recipe was too salty)3/4 cup (1 -1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced
1/2 cup cold buttermilk, shaken
1 cold extra-large egg
1 cup grated extra-sharp Cheddar
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water or milk
Maldon sea salt, optional

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.


Place 2 cups of 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 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 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 10 by 5 inches. With a sharp, floured knife, cut the dough lengthwise in half and then across in quarters, making 8 rough rectangles. Transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Brush the tops with the egg wash, sprinkle with salt, if using, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are browned and the biscuits are cooked through.

Serve hot or warm.

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27 comments:

  1. Your biscuits look amazing! I have Back to Basics, too, and must look this recipe up ASAP. I made the brownie pudding in the dessert section and it was to die for, but I haven't made too many recipes from the book yet.

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  2. These look delicious, flaky and awesome!

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  3. I am hungry just looking at them! What a great idea making these biscuits with cheddar and buttermilk!

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  4. These biscuits look wonderfully flaky and so scrumptious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. these look so tempting - they remind me of mini scones

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  6. Yes girl, really tempting! Or tantalizing (a new word I just learned ;D)
    I should be starting my bikini operation soon or I will have to go to the beach with my coat on ;D. Just one more sweet treat and I'm done!

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  7. Val I am such a push over for biscuits and when they have buttermilk and cheese . . . well, I'm in love. Yours look so high and light. Yes, the Meringues Chantilly look tempting but between the biscuits and the meringues I' go for the biscuits everytime.

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  8. When I saw the photo and title of your post I thought, "She's right about the meringues that never were. That's the ulimate recipe failure if your meringues look like biscuits!" ;-)

    The biscuits look really delicious though. I love biscuits.

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  9. Biscuits! Meringues! So many delicious things.

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  10. Vall yours biscuits are absolutely lovely!!! Gloria

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  11. These look so delicious! I've heard great things about this cookbook.

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  12. I love Ina too, she is wonderful.
    Great looking biscuits!

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  13. You have a light hand with biscuits- which is one of the best compliments you can receive in my family. Lovely!

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  14. Lovely Val! They would go well with the soup I made today :)

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  15. Those biscuits looks so good Val,warm and cheesy!

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  16. These look incredible. My biscuits never turn out like that. OTOH, I always refuse to use the amount of butter that most recipes call for, so I guess I get what I deserve! ;-)

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  17. Well, chantilly meringues are lovely, but I'd rather have one of your buttermilk cheddar biscuits! I love the bits of cheddar that are visible on the biscuits, and I agree about the salt. These look terrific! YUM!

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  18. count me among those who would prefer a cheese biscuit to a meringue! lovely. :)

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  19. Flaky, cheesy,delicious...these are all good words I would use to describe these biscuits Val!

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  20. Your biscuits look really really good. I think I would prefer them to the meringues!

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  21. Those biscuits look truly unbelievable. I must try these soon. The recipe I use produces yummy, but crumbly biscuits. These look flaky and buttery and delicious. Yum!

    PS: I've moved: www.alexandracooks.com

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  22. These are my kind of biscuits. Plus, they work with anything. They look great!

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  23. I must try this recipe. I'm always keeping a watch for new biscuit recipes. Such a lovely photo too.

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  24. Thanks for the recommendation on these. They look really good. I hope you will try the meringues soon, they are fabulous.

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  25. Freshly baked cheesy biscuits...mmm...

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  26. This is my kind of meal. I like the ring shape.

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  27. I really have to make biscuits some day. They are such a good treat.

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