This recipe is generously modified from the book Home Baked Comfort by Kim Laidlaw. While I originally wanted to make the original recipe, I realized I didn't have all of the ingredients on hand, so I made do with what I had. I think the variation was great, and this recipe could be modified and customized in so many ways. But back to the book - I highly recommend it. It was originally published for Williams-Sonoma stores only but has recently been released for distribution so more stores will now have it... including Amazon.com.
Bacon and Cheese Biscuits
Recipe modified from Home Baked Comfort by Kim Laidlaw
Makes about 2 dozen biscuits
4 slices of bacon, cooked until lightly crisp, then chopped
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sharp cheddar (I used Dubliner, a white cheddar)
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 cup (1 stick), cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1 large egg
3/4 cup half and half or milk (I used a combination of the two)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
2. In a food processor*, combine the flour, baking powder, cheese, salt and pepper and pulse briefly to mix. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture looks like coarse meal.
*If you do not have a food processor, use a pastry blender (the handheld gadget sold at most home accessory stores in the kitchen gadget section... a great use of a few dollars, especially if you make things like scones and biscuits often). I have a small food processor, so I went with the pastry blender method. You might be able to use a couple of forks but it'll be pretty tedious.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. Combine with the flour mixture (in food processor or a mixing bowl), until the mixture comes together.
4. Mix in the bacon until combined.
5. Using a large ice cream scoop or two spoons, scoop out the dough into two inch rounds. Space out on the baking sheet. Press down into the center of the biscuits, just to flatten them out a bit.
Optional: If you have extra cheese (as I did), press a little onto the tops of each biscuit.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until biscuits are golden brown.
Let cool on a cooling rack, and enjoy!
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