I took a foodie day yesterday. Even though as you can see from this photograph that it was a rare sunny and beautiful day, I stayed inside and played with food. One of the things I wanted to make were mini chicken pot pie sandwiches using Lynn Crawford’s recipe for Cheddar Cheese Biscuits. They were perfect!
Lynn, great minds think alike! The food processor is becoming more and more my friend these days. What I like about this recipe is she only incorporates the butter via the food processor, not the liquid. This is so smart because it will definitely prevent overmixing. I only made half the recipe since I am only baking for me and my husband. In the food processor you add flour, sugar, baking powder, pepper, salt and a bit of butter.
You then transfer to crumbly dough to a bowl and add the cheese and “buttermilk”. I use the trick I learned from Anna Olson to make my own buttermilk. I just used regular skim milk and added some lemon juice to it to give it some acidity. Easy! As usual, it is crazy dry here so I had to add extra milk before the dough would come together.
I kneaded the dough very gently until it just came together. I did not even bother with a rolling pin, just patted it out the dough with my hands and used a biscuit cutter to cut out the biscuits.
I put the biscuits on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Lynn’s recipe instructs you to make an egg wash using milk, not water. Genius! An egg wash ensures that the biscuits get a nice warm colour to them and the milk encourages additional flakiness. I can not believe I never thought of doing that before! So smart.
Are these the perfect Cheddar Cheese Biscuits or what?! The colour? Perfect! The texture? Perfect! Taste? Outstanding!
Lynn Crawford used to be the consulting chef for Restaurant Makeover on The Food Network in Canada which is where this recipe came from and now she is on the show Pitchin’ In where she gets out of her restaurant world and into the wild world of Nature searching for the freshest of ingredients. To see episodes of Lynn’s new show check out The Food Network’s video section.
Next I will share how I turn a crockpot disaster into a successful dinner. More to come!