Netflix delivered to our doorstep a film called How to Cook Your Life. It revolves around a Zen teacher and chef, Edward Espe Brown. He teaches cooking combined with his Zen practices to show the spiritual and healing power of food and cooking. At one point, Brown talks about his first batches of biscuits that just never seemed to come out right. Nothing like the Pillsbury Grands he was used to as a child. But once he realized that he had to stop comparing his food to something dated and instead focus on the present, he finally found his biscuit of ‘today’. The best biscuit he’d ever made! Very relatable to us foodie folks when you’re talking specifically about things culinary. But also relevant to anyone trying to fashion themselves and their craft (whatever it is you do to enjoy this crazy thing called life) based on other things. This all sounds like kooky talk, but something about doing you and letting that be resonated with us. Just do you. Be the biscuit of today! And eat this biscuit while you’re at it.
No one in our past had ever made ‘fancy’ biscuits. Just the down home buttermilk kind. Nothing wrong with that! But we’re definitely familiar with these two variations: cheddar and garlic and cheddar and dill. So we said to ourselves, ‘Selves, let’s get to work and create a combo.’ And we did. Introducing our biscuit of today! Here’s another one for the Bake Your Own Bread (BYOB) Challenge.
Whole Wheat Cheese & Herb Biscuits - 12-14 biscuits
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
5 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into pieces
1/3 cup white cheddar cheese, plus a bit more for topping, shredded
1/3 cup swiss cheese, shredded
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
3/4 cup milk
1. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, paprika, mustard, sugar, salt and dill.
2. Add butter using a pastry blender. Mix into larger crumbles.
3. Add cheese and garlic and cut into finer crumbly bits.
4. Start by incorporating half of the milk and mixing together lightly with a spoon. Add remainder until dough comes together.
5. Drop dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Top each biscuit with a tiny bit of cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-17 minutes.
Click HERE for the printable recipe.
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