Some cheddar cheese added to the batter of my Feather-light Buttermilk Biscuits and spread with butter and herbs on top were just right for lunchtime sandwiches. No kneading and cutting these biscuits ~ just drop scoops into prepared pan and bake.
The biscuits makedelicious sandwiches when layered with ham, deli meat or as I did here, grilled chicken and American cheese. They are also wonderful, sliced and toasted!
Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits
yield 8 biscuits
shortening for greasing the pan
9-ounces soft wheat, self-rising flour (I use King Arthur)
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoons chilled shortening (preferably zero trans-fat)
1 1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup cold buttermilk (you can make buttermilk by stirring together 1 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 cup milk and measuring 3/4-cup for recipe)
1/4 cup cold half & half (I use fat-free)
1 1/2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder or 1 clove garlic, minced
OR Bread dipping seasonings such as *Dean Jacob's * (see photo below)
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Adjust oven rack to just above the middle position. Grease an 8-inch round cake pan with shortening.
With a whisk, combine self-rising flour, baking soda, salt and sugar in a medium-mixing bowl. With a pastry cutter, work the shortening into the flour mixture until there are no shortening lumps larger than a pea. Stir in the cheddar cheese.
With a spatula, very gently, fold in buttermilk and half & half, just until combined and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes to allow the liquid to be absorbed.
Spray a 2-inch ice-cream scoop with cooking spray; Spoon dough onto baking pan beginning with one in the center.
Bake until lightly browned, about 17 minutes. Cool for 1 or 2 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Brush biscuits with melted butter. Serve immediately.
Just sharing a product that we really like for making garlic bread or mixing with olive oil for dipping dinner rolls in. John sometime's sprinkles some on his pizza. Mixed with olive oil and a little vinegar, it makes a great hoagie dressing too. I add it to the melted butter and, using a pastry brush, spread on these biscuits. I found it at a store during our trip to Lancaster, PA but it is also available on line if you can't find it locally. Sometimes, Home Goods carries it too.