Simon's Tasty Biscuits

Simon's Tasty Biscuits

Ingredients

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups spelt flour
  • 1 ½ Tbsp baking powder
  • 6 Tbsp Simon's Secret Sauce (any flavor)
  • 1 ½ tsp dry mustard powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold, cubed
  • 1 ½ cups shredded aged cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped chives
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup soured milk or half and half cream
  • 1 large egg, beaten with 1 Tbsp water, for brushing tops

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Place a rack in the centre of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine the dry ingredients (all-purpose flour to pepper) in a large bowl.

3. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender, or use your fingers, until the mixture resembles coarse meal, but be sure to leave some large pea-size bits of butter, too.

4. Stir in 1 cup (250 mL) of the cheddar and the chives.

5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, Simon's Secret Sauce and soured milk.

6. Pour over the dry ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon just until a soft dough forms.

7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat into a circle about 1-inch thick.

8. Cut out 12 biscuits using a 2 1/2 -inch cutter, re-rolling the trimmings if necessary.

9. Arrange the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet.

10. Brush the tops lightly with the egg and sprinkle with remaining cheese

11. Bake for 5 minutes, then turn the heat down to 375 °F and bake another 10-12 minutes until the biscuits are golden and the cheese has melted.

12. Let cool on a wire rack.