Flaky Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits

Flaky Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits

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!

Flaky Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits
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    Servings Prep Time
    8-10 4" biscuits 25 minutes
    Cook Time
    18 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    8-10 4" biscuits 25 minutes
    Cook Time
    18 minutes
    Flaky Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      8-10 4" biscuits 25 minutes
      Cook Time
      18 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      8-10 4" biscuits 25 minutes
      Cook Time
      18 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: 4" biscuits
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 425℉ and line a large baking tray with parchment.
      2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
      3. Add cubed butter and using a pastry cutter, cut butter into dry ingredients until pea-sized and evenly distributed.
      4. 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.
      5. 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.
      6. Reform remaining dough and cut out biscuits. Place biscuits on a parchment lined baking tray.
      7. 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.
      8. Remove from oven and allow to rest on the tray for 3-5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Serve slightly warm.
      Recipe Notes

      -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.

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      Toasted Bran Muffins

      Toasted Bran Muffins

      Nancy Silverton’s bran muffins from La Brea Bakery are hailed to be one of the best, and for good reason.  The crumb is tender and rather light for a bran muffin, yet they have that familiar fibrous chew. The flavour has a subtle toasted note and a hint of orange.  They have minimal refined sugar by using pureed raisins to add natural sweetness and moisture.  They are my personal favourite in the bran muffin arena with just a small smear of butter.

      I originally stumbled upon these muffins from Alexandra Cooks Nancy Silverton’s Bran Muffins, who slightly adapted the recipe by blending all the raisins, leaving the final texture without whole raisins.  It’s also my desired way to eat them even though my recipe reflects the original method. Both ways are delicious and it comes down to personal preference. 

      I’ve gone on to adapt the recipe slightly further by replacing a small amount of the water with orange juice and I’ve opted for a different mixing method with wonderful results. It’s recommended to use paper liners as they tend to bake up with a nicer domed top if using them. Without the liners, the tops tend to spread just a little more. I also recommend that you weigh your dry ingredients for better results.  I have done both, and have found that my weighted measures provide more than my standard scooping with a measuring cup. It does make a difference in this recipe.

      If you love muffins, Nacy Silverton’s are a must to make, whether it be the original recipe or my slightly altered version, you won’t be disappointed.  Enjoy!

      Recipe for Toasted Bran Muffins adapted from Alexandra Cooks Nancy Silverton’s Bran Muffins 

       

      Toasted Bran Muffins
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        Servings Prep Time
        12 muffins 20 minutes
        Cook Time
        30 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        12 muffins 20 minutes
        Cook Time
        30 minutes
        Toasted Bran Muffins
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          Servings Prep Time
          12 muffins 20 minutes
          Cook Time
          30 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          12 muffins 20 minutes
          Cook Time
          30 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: muffins
          Instructions
          1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Spread wheat bran out on a large baking sheet and toast in oven for 6-8 minutes turning once.
          2. While wheat bran is toasting and cooling, cook 1 cup of raisins and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat until soft and the water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Puree raisins until smooth.
          3. In a medium bowl, whisk together wheat bran, flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
          4. In a large bowl whisk together oil and brown sugar. Add egg and egg white and whisk to combine. Stir in pureed raisins, remaining 3/4 cup water, buttermilk, orange juice and orange zest.
          5. Add dry ingredients and stir just to combine. Stir in 1/2 cup of raisins. Scoop evenly into muffin cups, mounding the batter.
          6. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool for 5-7 minutes before removing muffins from tin to cooling rack.
          Recipe Notes

          -it is highly recommended to weigh dry ingredients.

          -when scooping the batter, the muffin cups will be very full.

          -if you don't want whole raisins in the final muffin, cook all the raisins with 3/4 cup of water and blend, continue with recipe adding only 1/2 cup additional water (for 1 1/4 cup total) and omit raisins at the end.

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          Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

          Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

          Okay, I’ll say it….BACK TO SCHOOL is upon us!  For some, this will be a welcome event, as everyone falls back into a structured routine.  For others, it marks the end of summer, saying goodbye to camping and late night fires.  As for me, it’s a reason to bake up wonderfully moist Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins.  Perfect to grab and go in the morning on your way out the door, lunch boxes or a mid day snack to get you through the day. 

          The recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins makes 14 rather plump muffins.  I know, I know, 14 is not the norm as everyone expects to get 12.  I’ve considered mucking around with the amounts to bring the volume down, but I ask myself why?  They’re perfect the way they are, and frankly, the more muffins the merrier.  I know my husband would agree, and you won’t regret having a couple extra tender, chocolaty muffins either.  Enjoy!   

          Recipe source for Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins:  Compelled To Cook

          Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
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            Servings Prep Time
            14 Muffins 25 minutes
            Cook Time
            18-20 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            14 Muffins 25 minutes
            Cook Time
            18-20 minutes
            Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
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              Servings Prep Time
              14 Muffins 25 minutes
              Cook Time
              18-20 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              14 Muffins 25 minutes
              Cook Time
              18-20 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: Muffins
              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 14-18 muffin tins with paper cups.
              2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
              3. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and oil. Add eggs one at a time, whisking well after each. Peel and mash bananas, add to bowl along with yogurt, orange juice and vanilla. Whisk to combine well, then add flour mixture, whisking until just combined and starting to smooth out. Stir in chocolate chips.
              4. For large muffins, scoop a generous 1/3 cup of batter per muffin tin. For smaller muffins, use a 1/4 cup of batter per muffin tin.
              5. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, depending on size. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan slightly before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.
              Recipe Notes

              Will keep for several days at room temperature wrapped individually or in a sealed container.  They freeze well wrapped individually and will keep for up to a month.

              Looking for more great muffins?  You’ll want to try Pumpkin Seed and Nut Muffins

              Chocolate Cherry Loaf

              Chocolate Cherry Loaf

              As much as it pains me to turn my oven on in the summer, giving off unnecessary heat when the goal is to keep the house cool, I just can’t stop baking for months.  I ask myself who could?  I guess as a food blogger the thought astonishes me and as I write this I’m shaking my head and thinking, “nope, it can’t be done”.  Lucky for both you and me that I feel this way, because out of the heat rises the most amazing Chocolate Cherry Loaf.

              I’m a big fan of loaves!  Not because they’re moist, tender, buttery, filled with nuts or chocolate, it’s because they’re simple, versatile and generally quite easy to prepare.  I also like the ability to cut the loaf into thick slices, wrap individually and grab and go right from the freezer.  My husband Mark calls them “loafcicles” and sometimes can’t wait long enough to let it thaw completely before munching away.  You could say he’s got a bit of a sweet tooth.  That makes this Chocolate Cherry Loaf right up his alley.  It’s a little indulgent with cream cheese, chunky cherry sauce and chocolate chips, and a small slice is all you need to battle that sweet craving.  You’ll find Chocolate Cherry Loaf a yummy change from banana or lemon and worth turning your oven on for.  Enjoy!

              Recipe source for Chocolate Cherry Loaf:  Inspired by Roti n’ Rice Raspberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

              Chocolate Cherry Loaf
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                Servings Prep Time
                1 loaf 30 minutes
                Cook Time
                55-65 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                1 loaf 30 minutes
                Cook Time
                55-65 minutes
                Chocolate Cherry Loaf
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  1 loaf 30 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  55-65 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  1 loaf 30 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  55-65 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: loaf
                  Instructions
                  1. Combine cherries and sugar in a small sauce pan and heat to a simmer over medium heat. Stir water and cornstarch together in a small bowl and add to cherries, stirring constantly until combine and mixture returns to a full simmer. Remove from heat and allow to cool to slightly warm or room temperature. Continue with recipe as cherries cool.
                  2. Preheat oven to 350℉ and prepare a 9"x5"x3"loaf pan by spraying with non stick spray or lightly greasing with butter and lining with parchment that overhangs the long edges.
                  3. In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt until combined.
                  4. Beat together butter, cream cheese and sugar until smooth, scraping the bowl once or twice. Add eggs one at a time, scraping bowl and beating after each until incorporated. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Pour in half the milk and half the flour and beat until just combined. Repeat with remaining milk and flour. Scrape the bowl and add chocolate chips and mix to combine.
                  5. Pour half the batter into prepared pan and spread smooth. Top with half the cherry sauce, remaining batter and cherry sauce again on the top. Using a table knife, swirl batter in a figure eight pattern two or three times to create nice swirls of cherry sauce. No need to over swirl.
                  6. Bake in preheated oven for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in pan prior to lifting out and slicing.
                  Peppered Popovers

                  Peppered Popovers

                  Crispy, golden and beautifully puffed makes Peppered Popovers perfect for tearing apart and dunking or drowning in warm gravy, and I think it’s safe to say that most of us know popovers solely as gravy catchers. But I’m here to share a little secret, they’re a stellar side with soup, stew, chili and braises. Crispy, eggy and ohhh so good! Easy too! Everything gets whisked in a bowl, poured into muffin tins and baked, ta-da, done! They’re delicious with their heavy hand of freshly ground black pepper and generous dose of nutmeg.

                  I will admit to having my share of popover failures over the years. You know those spongy hockey puck like disks that form from the seemingly perfectly puffed domes when you remove them from the oven? I’ve been there, so hopefully you don’t have to. The trick to perfect popovers every time is two fold. Firstly, start with a very hot oven, and second, allow the popovers to cook long enough to dry out and hold their shape. Because of the high baking temperature they appear to be puffed and golden to the point where you’re thinking they will burn if you don’t remove them. That’s when you need to stop yourself, because they may appear cooked but the inside is still too wet and they’ll collapse when removed from the oven when they no longer have the assistance of steam to keep them up. Hence the hockey pucks! So to solve this, the oven temperature is reduced to prevent over browning yet allows the insides to fully cook, retaining the dome structure.

                  Peppered Popovers
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    12 popovers 15 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    30-33 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    12 popovers 15 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    30-33 minutes
                    Peppered Popovers
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      12 popovers 15 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      30-33 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      12 popovers 15 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      30-33 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: popovers
                      Instructions
                      1. Preheat oven to 425℉. Pour 1/2 tsp of canola oil into bottom of 12 regular size muffins tins. Place in oven and allow to heat for 5-7 minutes.
                      2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs until smooth. Add milk and whisk until combined. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth, approximately 30 seconds.
                      3. Remove muffin tins from oven and fill each with approximately 3-4 tbsp of batter (about 1/2 full) Return to oven and bake for 18 minutes until puffed and starting to brown. Reduce heat to 350℉ and continue to bake for an additional 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately.