Maple Cheddar Biscuits
Before I run off to the pool, I want to share with all of you a great recipe I stumbled upon yesterday. I was flipping through A Passion for Baking by Marcy Goldman and this recipe practically hit me in the head. After a fun day at the pool, I gathered my charges (niece and nephew) and we ran to Publix for the ingredients. These took no time at all to put together and they were spectacular. Next time I have a party, I will make these but cut them into circles with a biscuit cutter, bake and fill with ham and serve them as mini "ham and cheese" apps.
Maple Cheddar Biscuits (adapted from A Passion for Baking)
2 c. flour
1 t salt
2 t baking powder (make sure it is SUPER fresh)
1/2 c unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1/2 c shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup maple syrup then fill up to the 2/3 c mark with milk
1 c 1/2 inch chunks of sharp Cheddar cheese
melted butter for brushing
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange oven rack to upper third position.
In a food processor, add flour, salt, and baking powder and blend briefly. Add butter and pulse to make a coarse, grainy mixture. Turn out into a large bowl. In center, stir in shredded cheese, egg and milk mixture. Stir to make a stiff dough. Fold in Cheddar chunks.
Knead dough briefly to bring together. Shape into a square with a 3/4 inch thickness. Cut into 3 or 4 inch squares. Dab with a little of the melted butter. Bake until golden brown, about 17 to 22 minutes. Enjoy!