Monday, January 9, 2012

What I Feed My H2B Monday -Red Lobster Style Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

 As I promised I am starting my New Year off with sticking to my word! I am starting this week off with my H2B's FAV new tasty treat. I came across these biscuits at the beginning of December when we were invited to a early Christmas potlock dinner at a dear friend of H2B's. I decided on these biscuits not really knowing what people liked. I guess I just kind of figured, who doesn't like cheese?? Right!?

So I picked up this recipe (the only one I found that didn't use the dreaded bisquick mix) from Purple Foodies. I made them we tested them they tasted great. We just didn't realize HOW GREAT!

I swear no word of a lie they 2 dozen biscuits we made for I believe 10 people possibly, was gone within 5 minutes. They were that good!

After making them a second time the other night (needed to use up some block cheese before going bad, and also wanted a reward for doing so many dishes that have piled up over the last week or so while I have kind of been out of the loop). I realized the amount of cheese is optional, let me explain...not really optional in the sense of omitting it, just in the idea of how much. I ended up using probably about 2-3 cups of shredded cheese in the second try of the biscuits. I have also changed the "top coat" as I like to call it. Doubling the butter amount and applying two coatings. As soon as one drys I spooned some more on. It makes them so devilishly delicious :D, and makes us very happy to have them.

This recipe is for 12 large biscuits or 24 small biscuits. I made small ones for the dinner party and big ones like these for us a few days ago. I really hope you take a break from whatever creativity your doing and try these! I have a gut feeling these little indulgences will make you happy too :D

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits Recipe

Adapted from: Food and Whine  & The purple Foodie
Yield: 12 large biscuits or 24 small ones

2 cups/250g all-purpose flour (unbleached or regular)
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 cup/75g butter, cold, cut into chunks
2 Tbsp. canola or any flavourless, odourless vegetable oil
1 heaping cup/ 6-7 oz. /150-170g grated cheddar cheese (sharp flavoured is best, I used extra sharp) (I ended up tripling this, as we like them SUPER cheesy :D)
1/2 – 2/3 cup or 120-160ml milk (I didn’t need more than 1/2 a cup)

For brushing on top: I personally doubled this part the second time. As I said before, I liked it better that way, but you have your options.
3 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes or 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and garlic powder.
  2. Add the cubed butter. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut butter into flour until it is coarse, pea-sized (doesn’t need to be fine).
  3. Add oil, grated cheddar cheese and the milk. Stir till well combined and holds together.
  4. Make sure to keep adding milk a bit at a time, just until the dough is moistened and you can no longer see any raw flour.
  5. Drop approximately 1/4 cup portions of the dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet or a Silpat using an ice cream scoop or large spoon.
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes in a preheated oven at 400F/.
  7. While biscuits are baking, melt 3 tablespoons butter is a small bowl with 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and the parsley.
  8. When biscuits come out of the oven, use a brush to spread this garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Do this a few times – it’s fun to watch all the butter getting absorbed into the biscuit! Use up all of the butter. Serve warm.
I didn't use a brush to brush the garlic butter mixture on ours (we don't have one yet) Instead I just used my measuring spoon (really any spoon will work) and carefully poured it over.

I really hope you try this. I loved it! My H2B loved them, our friends loved them, and I think you will too.

When you do get around to it, leave a comment down below, and let me know what you think!



Thursday, January 5, 2012

No 2012 Resolutions, Just Solutions

I've been thinking long and hard over the last month of holidays, of what exactly I want to do with this blog!? Educate!? show you my life? etc. So here is what I have planned. This is going to be my daily schedule until further notice (yes I know when it comes to writing ...which is not my strong suit, I'm a bit flakish) I want to educate you, show you my studio, I even want to start doing more tutorials and reviews. I will bring you tidbits from the DIY planning of my wedding coming up in the late fall and lots and LOTS of inspirational photos.

MONDAY-------New recipes (who doesn't want to try a new tasty treat or meal?)
TUESDAY-------Tips and Tricks
WEDNESDAY---Reviews or interviews
THURSDAY-----My Week so far
FRIDAY---------Tutorials (because thats the best thing to end the week with, is trying something new!)
SATURDAY-----off/Picture show of my inspiration board

I'm really hoping to keep up with this and some encouragement from everyone would be truly appreciated :D





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