Make a better biscuit…
It’s hard to resist a flaky, buttery biscuit and these Flaky Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits are tender and flaky. So good on their own, dunked or piled high with your favourite fillings. The good thing is, they’re easy to make using basic ingredients. So what makes a good biscuit? Let’s look at the basics.
-use quality butter.
-use fresh baking powder and baking soda, they do EXPIRE!
-cut butter into flour evenly to ensure a flaky biscuit.
-do not overwork the dough, once mixed, only knead enough to bring the dough together. Overworking dough will result in a tougher biscuit.
-use a sharp cutting tool for the best edges.
-brush tops and sides with a whisked mixture of egg and cream for a nice golden exterior.
What’s a biscuit good for?
By far my favourite thing to do with a flaky biscuit is dunk it into soup, stew or chili. But, they’re also wonderful as a sandwich. Especially these Flaky Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits, because they spread out a little, making them just the right size for a fried egg…just saying!
Author: Compelled to Cook
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter cut into 1" cubes
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 large eggs divided
- 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese packed, about 5oz
- 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapeño slices
- 1 tbsp milk or cream
- Preheat oven to 425℉ and line a large baking tray with parchment.
- In a large bowl whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add cubed butter and using a pastry cutter, cut butter into dry ingredients until pea-sized and evenly distributed.
- Whisk together buttermilk and one large egg. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just starting to come together. Add grated cheese and diced jalapeno and continue to mix until incorporated being careful not to overmix. It will be a bit of a scraggly mess.
- Flour your work surface and dump out the dough. Knead dough a few times to bring everything together. Flatten dough into a 3/4"-1" disk. Using a 3" round cutter, cut out biscuits.
- Reform remaining dough and cut out biscuits. Place biscuits on a parchment lined baking tray.
- Whisk together one large egg and one tbsp of milk or cream. Brush each biscuit top and sides generoulsly. Bake in preheated oven for about 18 minutes until golden and puffed.
- Remove from oven and allow to rest on the tray for 3-5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Serve slightly warm.
-these particular biscuits spread out some and are wonderful sliced as a sandwich.
-I used a 3" cutter, however for slightly smaller biscuits that would be good for soups or stews a 2 1/2" cutter is probably preferred.