These cheesy biscuits call for frozen butter, which is grated through the large holes of a box grater to cut down on prep time. This trick creates flaky biscuits in a breeze—no pastry cutter required! Serve them with our Cranberry ‘Spread.’
What to buy:
Stay away from your typical blocks of part-skim yellow cheddar or (oh, the horror!) preshredded cheddar. Go for an aged farmhouse cheddar like Fiscalini’s Extra Mature Bandage Wrapped Cheddar.
Special equipment: This set of Ateco round cutters is a useful thing to have in your kitchen. We used the 2-inch one to make these biscuits.
Game plan: Keep a few sticks of butter in the freezer for whenever the biscuit urge hits.
This recipe was featured as part of our Thanksgiving, Southern-Style menu.
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, frozen
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 cup finely grated aged farmhouse cheddar cheese, plus more for topping the biscuits
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Grate frozen butter through the large holes of a box grater and toss grated butter with dry ingredients until butter is coated with flour. Rub butter and flour between your fingers until evenly mixed.
- 2Add buttermilk and grated cheddar cheese. Stir briefly until it forms a shaggy mass. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead very lightly until ingredients are evenly mixed.
- 3Roll out to about a 1/2- to 3/4-inch thickness and use a 2-inch biscuit cutter to cut rounds. Place on baking sheets. Reroll what’s left of the dough. You should have about 40 biscuits. Discard any remaining bits of dough.
- 4Brush the tops of the biscuits with heavy cream. Place a pinch of grated cheddar on top of each biscuit. Bake until golden brown, rotating once, about 20 minutes.
Note: We found that dipping your biscuit cutter in a small dish of flour as you cut really helps prevent the dough from sticking to it.
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