December 27, 2010

THEY TESTED THE RECIPE ON US THIS SUMMER...:

New Year's Ham Biscuits (King Arthur Flour)

* 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or Perfect Pastry Blend
* 4 teaspoons Bakewell Cream*
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* ¼ teaspoon mustard powder, optional
* ¼ teaspoon onion powder, optional
* ½ cup (8 tablespoons) cold butter
* 1 cup finely diced ham
* 1 cup grated or shredded cheddar cheese, with additional for topping, if desired
* 1 cup to 1 cup + 2 tablespoons cups cold milk**
* *NOT Bakewell Cream Baking Powder; just plain Bakewell Cream.
* **Use the greater amount of milk if you use all-purpose flour; the lesser amount if you use Perfect Pastry Blend.

* 17 ounces King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or Perfect Pastry Blend (15 ounces)
* 4 teaspoons Bakewell Cream*
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* ¼ teaspoon mustard powder, optional
* ¼ teaspoon onion powder, optional
* 4 ounces cold butter
* 4 ounces finely diced ham
* 4 ounces grated or shredded cheddar cheese, with additional for topping, if desired
* 8 to 9 ounces cold milk**
* *NOT Bakewell Cream Baking Powder; just plain Bakewell Cream.
* **Use the greater amount of milk if you use all-purpose flour; the lesser amount if you use Perfect Pastry Blend.

Directions

1) Preheat the oven to 475°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment.

2) Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

3) Work in the butter until the mixture is crumbly; some larger, pea-sized pieces of butter may remain intact.

4) Add the ham and cheese, stirring until well distributed.

5) Add the milk, mixing until everything is moistened.

6) Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface (a silicone mat works well), and fold it over once or twice. Divide the dough in half, and pat each half into a ¾"-thick circle, about 6" across.

7) Cut the biscuits with a 2" round cutter, or the cutter of your choice. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.

8) Brush the biscuit tops with milk or melted butter. Sprinkle with grated or shredded cheese, if desired.

9) Bake the biscuits for 6 minutes, then turn off the oven. Leave in the oven for an additional 7 to 10 minutes, until they're golden brown.

10) Remove from the oven, and serve warm; as is, or with butter.


...and served them up with a bowl of hot maple syrup. The warehouse sounded like the set of a porn film people were moaning so much.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 27, 2010 5:34 AM
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