Ah biscuits. My ideal morning would always start out with fresh baked biscuits served up with eggs and some bacon. I could easily make this a reality some weekend mornings by popping open a can of biscuits and quickly baking them off. And sometimes, that is exactly what I do. That is until I did some research and came up with a super simple method to make fresh biscuits whenever I want them.
I have always known how to make biscuits from scratch, and my friend M.E. and I love to make old fashioned buttermilk biscuits together when we travel. It always feels incredible to come together and make a delicious breakfast for our friends. However, when we make old fashioned biscuits, it takes a lot of time. We cut the butter with a pasty blender, we let the dough sit overnight, and so on and so forth. I LOVE DOING THIS. However, unless I am on vacation, I do not want to spend all this time working on biscuits.
So from this time crunch, I have developed a simple recipe to make biscuits that should only take 15 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake. The quick preparation time isn't even the best part. The best part is that with this recipe, you can make two types of biscuits! Thats right you'll get half a batch of buttermilk biscuits and half a batch of cheddar chive biscuits! You'll get these two flavors, with minimal time and effort. Total score.
Now lets talk about the flavors! Buttermilk biscuits are simple and classic. I think it is what most people think of when they hear the word biscuit. Due to their simplicity, you can pair them with anything. You can top them with butter or jam, serve them alongside eggs or soup. The cheddar chive biscuits are just enough of a spin on the classic to give your tastebuds a jolt. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may have picked up on the fact that I LOVE CHIVES AND CHEDDAR CHEESE! So of course I added them into the biscuits. I find that slicing open a cheddar chive biscuit and putting scrambled eggs and bacon inside makes for a killer breakfast sandwich. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!
Have I convinced you to give these biscuits a try? Trust me on the simple part. If you can measure flour, turn on a mixer, and read this recipe; you can make these biscuits!
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 sticks salted butter, cut into 1 inch cubes and chilled *Please note that the colder the butter the better! Cold butter helps the biscuits rise. When the heat from the oven hits the cold butter it releases steam and that makes the biscuits rise!
2 tbsp baking powder
2 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp chopped chives
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a stand mixer combine butter and flour together until the butter has broken down into small pea sized pieces. The general appearance of the flour and butter combination should be sandy in texture when done.
3. Add one egg and mix until combined, then add the buttermilk and mix on low until just combined. The dough should be a little sticky!
4. Take half the dough out of the mixer and place it in the fridge (remember cold butter is key). Toss the chives and cheddar cheese into the mixer with the remaining dough and mix for 5-10 seconds, the cheese and chives should be evenly spread throughout the dough. Place in fridge.
5. Flour your counter and turn the buttermilk dough out on the counter top and pat down into an even circle. It should be about the same height as your pinky finger. Remember time is of the essence, you want to work quick.
6. Using a biscuit cutter or drinking glass, cut out biscuit shapes by pressing straight down into the dough. You may need to combine your scraps and re pat down dough in order to get all 5 biscuits!
7. Repeat with cheddar chive biscuits.
8. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The biscuits should be touching one another, as pictured below. This helps to keep the biscuits from spreading and helps make them rise up!
9. Scramble the remaining egg and use a pastry brush to brush it over the biscuits.
10. Bake the biscuits for 15-20 mins. The biscuits should be golden brown! Let cool or eat warm, and enjoy!