If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know by now that I like my carbs. Biscuits are, in my opinion, one of the best things to make as a quick and easy side dish for a meal. They’re fast, they’re easy, and most importantly, they taste divine.
Flaky, buttery, warm from the oven biscuits. Is there anything better?
I don’t really think so. Not the healthiest side, I suppose, but as long as you’re not making them every day, I don’t see a problem! Obviously. What is this, my fifth biscuit recipe?
They’re just so adaptable to what you have on hand, that I really don’t think I’ll be stopping at five recipes. You’ve been warned. They’ll keep coming.
These cheddar bacon beer biscuits are a bit heartier than my other recipes. They’re fully whole wheat (so healthier – that negates the butter right?!), although you could easily change them to part or fully all-purpose flour if you prefer. But the whole wheat flour gives them a denser texture and makes them a bit more filling; which is what I was going for as we had them with this carrot soup, which was a fairly light meal on its own.
Then I filled them with sharp cheddar and bacon, because why not. And beer. Now, I don’t really know how much flavour you get from the beer. Not a whole lot I don’t think, especially with cheddar and bacon in there. But you get a lot of leavening from it, so I cut back on the baking powder in these. I used a Bavarian lager, because that’s what was in the fridge, but I actually really dislike beer and don’t drink it at all, so I have absolutely no clue if the type of beer will change the flavour. I imagine anything would be good, it would still give the leavening action, and possibly change the flavour a bit? I don’t know. If anyone has any insight into that, feel free to let me know!
Regardless, these were delicious and I will definitely be making them again. They were the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of soup for supper!
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, frozen
- 1/4 cup crumbled bacon, about 4 slices
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated (I used white cheddar)
- 1 cup beer
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder until well combined. Grate in the frozen butter (or cut it in with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, I find grating faster and easier) and mix it together gently. Stir in the bacon and the cheddar cheese. Pour in the beer and stir until the dough comes together in a ball.
- Move the dough to a lightly floured countertop. With lightly floured hands, shape the dough into a rough rectangle, about one inch thick. Lift one end up and fold it in half. Turn the dough a quarter turn and press out into a one inch thick rectangle again. Repeat this folding and turning process 5-6 times. Add a bit more flour underneath and on your hands if it gets too sticky.
- Press out one last time into a one inch thick rectangle. Cut out the biscuits with a 2.5 inch wide circle biscuit cutter, making sure to cut straight down and not twist at all when you’re cutting, as this will seal the edges and they won’t rise well in the oven. Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet and repeat the process with the scraps. If you don’t have a biscuit cutter, you can just cut them in squares with a sharp knife, pressing straight down.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until risen and lightly browned on top. Serve warm.
Source: Adapted from my buttermilk biscuits.