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Blue Cheese Biscuits

by Nick

There isn’t two ways about it… you will either love or hate these biscuits.

You’ll love them if you love delicious foods and hate them if you don’t like things that taste good.

Ok. That’s not completely fair. Obviously, you won’t like them if you just don’t like blue cheese. But even if you just sort of like blue cheese, I think you should give these a shot. They are tangy and rich and are a great side dish for anything sweet.

Yield
10-12 biscuits
Prep Time
Total Time
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Blue Cheese Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • Extra buttermilk for brushing
  • Honey, for serving

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

2) Cube cold butter and add it to the dry stuff. Use your fingers to work the butter into the flour until it's in pea-sized pieces.

3) Pour in buttermilk and stir until the dough just comes together. Don't overwork the dough.

4) Scoop dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface and press it into a large rectangle, about 8x16.

5) Sprinkle the dough with blue cheese and fold it in half. Then roll it back out into the large rectangle so there is a layer of cheese in the biscuits.

6) Cut the dough into 10-12 biscuits.

7) Transfer biscuits to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with buttermilk.

8) Bake biscuits at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes until they are golden brown and cooked through.

9) Let cool for a few minutes before serving. Serve with honey!

A simple biscuit

When people tell me they want to start baking more, I send them a biscuit recipe to build their confidence. A good homemade biscuit is pretty straightforward and very delicious.  The only thing to remember about biscuits is that you want to work them as little as possible or they will get tough.

Start by mixing together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Easy enough.

dry

The dry stuff.

And by the way, I realize that cornmeal isn’t a typical biscuit ingredient but I really like it. I think it adds some nice crunch to the biscuits. You just need a little bit, but give it a shot.

Next, just cube up your cold butter and toss it into the pan.

butter

Yes. A lot of butter.

There are lots of tools for cutting butter into flour, but you were born with the best ones (hopefully).  Clean hands get it done.

Just crumble the butter into the flour until it’s evenly mixed and resembles pea-sized pieces.

butter

Pea-sized.

Now for the wet stuff.

Buttermilk is the best but any milk would work.

buttermilk

I love this stuff in baked goods.

Once your buttermilk is in, just stir everything together until the dough is in loose pieces. It doesn’t need to be completely together.

I literally stir mine like five times and this is the result.

mixed

Don’t overmix!

Forming the Biscuits

Scoop the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press it into a large rectangle. You don’t need to measure but I would say 8×16 is a good size to shoot for.

Then sprinkle the dough with crumbled blue cheese!

rolled

Try not to over-work this dough.

Fold the dough over and roll it out again to a similar sized rectangle.

Then cut it into large cube biscuits. Of course, you could use a round cutter, but I like squares just because you don’t waste dough.

cut

Get it?

Baking the Biscuits

Transfer these suckers to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush them buttermilk.

pan

IN the pan.

Bake them in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

They are done when they are golden brown all around.

baked

Nice and flaky.

Hands down, the best way to eat these guys is slathered with honey.

If you’ve ever had blue cheese, figs, and honey, you know that this flavor combo works even if it sounds weird. Sweet and tangy go together just swell.

honey

Bathe them in honey.

I ate these for breakfast and for dessert. They were just perfect.

As with any biscuit, they don’t keep all that great. They are best right after they come out of the oven. If you do have leftovers though, it’s best to reheat them in the oven for 10 minutes or so and not in the microwave where they will just get soggy.

Any blue cheese fans out there? Leave a comment!