This week's Tuesdays with Dorie was selected by Jennifer of Cooking for Comfort: basic biscuits. I've never had great luck with biscuits on a consistent basis - it's pretty hit or miss. Sometimes they're light and fluffy, other times they're dense little hockey pucks. I rarely crave them so outside of baking groups, I don't make them very often, which probably doesn't help. It's been so warm here that we've been grilling a lot. With Shane outside handling most of the dinner prep, I was freed up to make these biscuits to accompany our meal one night recently.
A fluffy biscuit is good, but you know what's even better? A fluffy biscuit loaded with bacon, cheese and scallions :) I thought they'd be a fun change of pace, and I knew Shane would be stoked about the bacon and cheese. He wasn't as keen on the scallions, but I love them, so we compromised and I just sliced up one to throw in. I added 4 slices of bacon, which I'd cooked and crumbled, as well as a heaping 1/2 cup of cheese. Rather than cutting the butter in with a pastry cutter, I grated it on the large holes of my box grater. I froze the butter before grating, and then stuck it back in the freezer while I prepped the rest of the recipe. It was super easy to toss with the dry ingredients after it was grated, that's definitely a trick I'll use in the future. Rather than use a biscuit cutter to make nice round biscuits, I just sliced mine into wedges giving them more of a scone look.
I peeked into the oven to see the biscuits rising and layers developing so that was the first good sign. When we dug in, they were just as light and fluffy as I'd hoped they'd be. They were great with dinner, but I'd also eat them for breakfast. Shane suggested more bacon and cheese next time, and I think I agree. Many thanks to Jennifer for hosting this week! She shared the recipe for the biscuits on her blog today, or you can find it on page 21 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.