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Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

by on January 12, 2012 · 19 comments

Do you ever plan the evening meal around the bread? I don’t do it often, but yesterday I made this Chunky Beef Chili (which was excellent, btw) because it seemed like a good accompaniment to these cheddar biscuits.

cheddar cheese biscuits

I yanked this recipe out of a Nestle ad in Food Network magazine. Its interesting feature was powdered milk, which I’ve been buying since I started reading Christina’ Tosi’s cookbook. I’d hoped it would help keep the biscuits tender, and I guess it did because they were melt-in-your-mouth delicious. But that could have just been the 6 oz of cheese.   At any rate, they were very good and I’d make them again if we ever finish this batch.  Todd hates cheddar cheese so I only made a small batch and frozen the rest. Half batch version is below and here’s a link to Nestle’s Cheddar Cheese Biscuits.

Oh, and one final note. I mixed all the dry ingredients early in the day, put them in the refrigerator, then added water and baked right before dinner.

Half Batch Cheddar Cheese Biscuits from Very Best Baking

1 cup (4.5 oz) all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading
3/4 cups (3 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup dry NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Instant Nonfat Dry Milk
1 tablespoon granulated sugar (I recommend “scant” because I could taste the sugar)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold butter, cut up (I used unsalted)
1/2 cup plus 1/2 tablespoon water– add gradually and don’t dump it all in!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper or non-stick foil.

Mix the cheese, dry milk, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives to make coarse crumbs. Stir in water just until moistened (important — I dumped it all in and had a very soft dough)

Knead dough (About) 10 times on lightly floured surface. Pat into 4 x 6-inch rectangle. Cut into 6 biscuits. Place biscuits about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet and bake for 12 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown. Serve warm.

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Published on January 12, 2012

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Sue January 12, 2012 at 8:46 am

These look and sound wonderful! I’m going to have to give powdered milk for baking a try again. I used to be so hyper sensitive to the taste of it that I stopped using it.

Meg @ My Chocolate Covered Life January 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

I have been looking for a great cheese biscuit recipe. Someone suggested Red Lobster’s cheese biscuits, but these look great!

Louise January 12, 2012 at 11:50 am

I thought I remembered that nonfat dry milk has the added benefit of keeping baked goods fresh. This is a quote from the Carnation site “It has a binding effect on flour protein, enhancing the strength & structure of baked goods, while helping them retain moisture and keep fresh longer.”

Karen January 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Plus powdered milk increases the protein in the biscuits. Cornell University has a wonderful bread baking book that I gave my mom a few years ago, It has all kinds of science information with different recipies to enhance the nutritional value in breads.
I LOVE cheese in biscuits and rolls. Our family favorite is a sourdough bun with cheddar cheese in. My sister makes it every year for the holiday meals, some with all-purpose white flour and some with whole wheat.

Katrina January 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I often decide what’s for dinner when I’ve made some rolls or bread or something (you know, because I’d rather bake than cook).

Chewthefat January 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I’m ‘collecting’ good cheese bread and cheese baked goods recipes–I have a friend who loves cheese bread! But I always have a question about serving cheesy stuff–would these be good cold? I’m always paranoid that cheese breads don’t taste very good cold as leftovers. Of course, I could make a half batch, too, but I often give people a fair-sized serving if I’m bringing stuff to dinner so that they will have some left over for the rest of the week.

vanillasugarblog January 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

i adore cheesy muffins.
and love the cheesy scones even more.
what’s that famous copycat recipe that everyone loves? red lobster or something?

Sue January 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Thanks for the mention of the chili. I made it for dinner tonight. When I read your post this morning I didn’t know what I was going to make for dinner but I had all of the ingredients on hand. The meat was in the freezer so I got it out right away so it would be thawed in time to use. The chili was very good! Very different from my usual chili. My husband made his Mom’s recipe for Kentucky cornbread. Not something I’m wild about, but he likes it.

Anna January 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

The Red Lobster one is pretty good, but most of the copy cat versions start with Bisquick. I like making my biscuits with flour and whatever else is on hand (though I do use Bisquick for impossible pies!).

Ryan January 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I need to get over my fear of biscuit making so I can make these, haha. They sound awesome!

Louise January 13, 2012 at 6:33 am

I have a bag of Cheddar Cheese Powder from the Mennonite bulk store. I’m going to try using it in this recipe to replace both the cheese and nonfat milk.

Erin January 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

Anna, I had to make these last night after I saw your post. I had to, plain and simple. They were fantastic! I cut half of the cheese into little cubes, so there were lots of yummy blobs of melted cheese. I’m making them again on Sunday since I’m hosting a brunch. Thank you for sharing!

Anna January 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

Ryan, biscuits are so simple!! Just don’t over-work the dough and you’ll be fine. Your best bet is to buy a bag of Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour and use the recipe on the back of the bag. That flour is particularly suited for biscuits. It has the added leavening, plus I think it might have a little less protein and maybe even a softer wheat. Not sure, but my biscuits are always good when I use that flour. Or even better, get your hands on some White Lily flour and use any recipe. Look for one that uses buttermilk for best results.

Louise, that sounds interesting. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had Mennonite bulk grocery stores around the corner?

Erin, glad to hear from you!! We’ll try the cubed cheese next time. That reminds me of an old yeast loaf recipe where you use cubed cheese instead of shredded. Love the blobs.

Louise January 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Yesterday I fully intended to make these biscuits to go with leftover Hot Italian Sausage and White Bean “Chili”. Somehow, I got sidetracked and I ended up making Angel Biscuits from Jean Anderson’s “The American Century Cookbook”. We’re not biscuit people, but I thought they turned out great. The dough was really loose and I ended up folding it onto itself a couple of times and just using a knife to cut the biscuits as it was too soft for a cutter. I had White Lily flour so maybe I needed a bit more flour, but these were tasty so I’m sure I’ll try again.

Louise January 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I just read Kitty Crider’s “Anything for Mother”. Besides bringing tears to my eyes, her mother’s recipe has less buttermilk than I used. So, next time it will be slightly less buttermilk instead of more flour.

Anna January 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Louise, she won a James Beard award for that article. Make those!

Louise January 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm

It’s exactly the same recipe, except for 1/4 to 1/2 cup less buttermilk, so that will take care of the problem I had of being too loose to roll out. :-) As they say in Lake Wobegon, “Heavens they’re tasty”.

LisAway February 24, 2012 at 1:34 am

I made these last night to go with our Ceasar Salad. They were yummy! My daughter requested one in her lunch for school this morning.

I made a full batch and had no powdered milk so I left it out and sustituted milk for the water (a little less than called for). I don’t think I decreased the liquid quite enough and ended up making drop biscuits. They were great, though. Also, I didn’t have cheddar (rarely do, as it’s very expensive here) so I subbed what I had on hand (Edam). Thanks for another great recipe. Oh, and I agree about the sugar. It wasn’t too bad, but you could almost half it and it would be enough.

Anna February 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for the review! I didn’t realize cheddar was so expensive in Poland, but it make sense. Maybe I’ll try these with Edam next time.

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