Monday, November 03, 2008

Magazine Monday #14: Cornmeal & Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

I made these to go with the ham & pea soup I posted about last Wednesday. This recipe comes from Canadian Living's May 2003 issue.

Cornmeal Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup cornmeal
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp each salt & baking soda
1 tbsp dried sage, crumbled
pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 cup cold butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese + 1/4 cup shredded cheese for the top

1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Cut in the butter until mealy. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and the egg, and stir into the flour mixture. Stir in the cheese.
3. On a floured surface, press the dough into a ball and knead gently about 10 times. Pat into a 10x7" rectangle and cut into 12 squares. Place on parchment-lined or well-greased baking sheet. Brush a beaten egg and sprinkle with the 1/4 cup cheese.
4. Bake until golden, about 12 - 15 minutes.

OK, as you can tell from the pictures I didn't follow the instructions for shaping the biscuits. That's because I used my #12 cookie scoop to scoop them instead, a trick I learned when I worked at that sh*thole bakery in Victoria (I will say this for them, they made great scones). It's quicker, easier, and cleaner. I also didn't egg wash or top mine when I made them; what can I say, I was in a hurry!

7 comments:

Meg said...

These look delicious. They would pair well with some chili!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

OMG, those biscuits look really good! I love anything that contains cheddar...

Cheers,

Rosa

tshsmom said...

Z and I love biscuits!
I make a garlic/cheddar/buttermilk biscuit, but the addition of cornmeal sounds wonderful!

Just wondering...did you really put a whole Tbs of sage in the recipe?

Wandering Coyote said...

Tshs: actually, I didn't have any cheddar, so I didn't put any in. But it does say a tbsp of crushed sage leaves, not just ground sage. I certainly wouldn't use a tbsp of that stuff; may be a tsp.

Helene said...

What a nice recipe. I never made biscuits before.

Emily Rose said...

I'm totally going to make these- I had to buy a huge thing of buttermilk for a recipe that called for 1/4 cup of it and now I'm frantically trying to use it up before it goes bad! These look great!

tshsmom said...

Well, DUH!! That'll teach me to read the whole line instead of glomming onto Tbs and sage. I'll start with 1/2 tsp of rubbed sage and see how that works. Thanks!

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