Growing up in India, biscuits are cookies you dip into your tea or coffee and eat. In the Southern US, Biscuits are something completely different. They are a crumbly, savory bread usually consumed with an unappetizing grey goop called gravy. Being vegetarian, I have only had gravy that is not made with animal parts a handful of times. It is nothing remarkable and I can take it or leave it. On the other hand, I have become a fan of Biscuits.
Till I realized how easy they are to make, I used to buy frozen Biscuits from the grocery store and bake them for breakfast. I realized quickly, that they are ridiculously easy to make (the realization came in the form of a recipe on a Bisquick Pancake Mix box) and never went back to the pre-made, store-bought, version. Recently though, having some Buttermilk left over in the fridge, I discovered a recipe for Buttermilk Biscuits (link here), which takes Biscuits to a different level.
I took the recipe and added my twist to it. I added a cup of shredded Cheddar Cheese to the dough. I also minced some Garlic, melted a Tbsp of Butter and half-way through the baking, brushed the Biscuits with Butter and put some minced Garlic on top of each. They turned out really well. Here is the recipe.
INGREDIENTS (for 10 Biscuits)
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tbsp melted butter
3-4 cloves garlic – minced
1. Preheat the oven to 450F
2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Cut the cold butter into small chunks and mix into the dry ingredients. It should look like a coarse meal.
4. Add the buttermilk and mix till just combined – you don’t want to overdo this. If you overknead, gluten develops and your Biscuits will not be crumbly.
5. Add the shredded Cheddar and mix well.
6. The dough should be wet. If it is not, add a little more Buttermilk.
7. Pat, not roll, out on a dry floured surface (if you roll, gluten could develop). Keep it about 1 inch thick.
8. Cut rounds from the dough (I used the neck of an emply Jam bottle) and put them on a cookie sheet.
9. Bake for about 5 minutes. Take out, brush with butter and put a little minced garlic on top of each.
10. Bake another 5-7 minutes till the tops are golden brown. do not overbake.
11. Take out of the oven and enjoy warm with Butter or Jam.