A word to the wise: if your boyfriend's mom makes you dinner, eat up, tasty or not. Luckily, I have no need to fake smiles through gummy pasta and dried-out pound cake; one of the best cooks I know just happens to have brought up my beau.
She introduced to me these robust feta-studded herbed biscuits, which I had no problem scarfing down (I may have eaten two, despite their large size). These biscuits have enough verve and spunk to enjoy unadorned, but I'd imagine that they'd make for a decadent breakfast sandwich, split in half and layered with fried egg, bacon, and a slice of gooey mild cheese like fontina.
What's the best recipe you've gleaned from friends or family?
2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
1-1/2 sticks (6 ounces) cold unsalted butter, diced
1/2 cup cold buttermilk, shaken
1 cold extra-large egg
7 ounces feta, crumbled
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- Preheat the oven to 425ºF, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and herbes de Provence in a large mixing bowl. Add the cubed butter, and cut in with a pastry blender
until it resembles coarse cornmeal, and there are no pieces of butter larger than a pea.
- Whisk together the buttermilk and egg in a small bowl, and pour over the butter-flour mixture. Gently fold in until just absorbed; fold in the feta until it resembles a shaggy dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 6-8 times, or just until cohesive. Pat out into a rough rectangle, about 1/2-inch thick. Cut into 8 equal rectangles for large biscuits, or 16 triangles for smaller ones.
- Brush with egg wash (the water-egg mixture), and bake for 17-20 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden.
- Allow to cool slightly on a cooling rack.
Makes 8 large or 16 medium biscuits.
- Melted butter will likely pool around the biscuits when baking. Be sure to remove the biscuits to a wire cooling rack immediately after taking them out of the oven, so that they don't absorb it and get soggy.
- For the freshest biscuits, only bake off those that you'll eat within 24 hours; the rest can be frozen raw (stop just before adding the egg wash) and baked off from frozen at a later time. Simply cook for 2-3 minutes longer.
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