Monday, March 11, 2013

cheddar and dill buttermilk biscuits

Some flavor combos just make sense. Like cheddar and dill.

I have to confess that I'm not always a huge fan of dill. I love the flavor. The texture, not so much. But! When it's baked into biscuits, it's just perfect.

(I don't know if the texture actually changes one bit. It's a mental thing maybe. I'm kind of a weirdo.)

Cheddar biscuits are just comforting. These make a perfect companion to a cup of coffee and a lazy morning. They'd be awesome along side a bowl of soup. Or just as a little afternoon pick me up. Basically, it's always a good time for these.

Cheddar Dill Buttermilk Biscuits
yields 8 biscuits

you'll need:
2 cups AP flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut and cut into cubes
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup buttermilk, cold
1 large egg, beaten and cold (plus 1 more egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water for egg wash)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add butter and, using your hands or a pastry cutter, mix and break down until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. Add cheddar and dill and toss to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk and 1 egg until combined. Add it to the flour mixture. Mix until barely combined. Lightly knead the dough until it forms into one solid mass. Sprinkle a work surface with flour and place dough onto it. Press the dough into a 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out the biscuits using a biscuit cutter (or cut into squares using a knife). Recombine scraps to get more biscuits, yielding 8 biscuits total (you might have a little more or less if you used a knife).

Transfer biscuits to the prepared baking sheet. Brush each biscuit with egg wash and top with a few turns of freshly ground pepper.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden brown. Like most things, these are best served warm. Enjoy!


  1. I love cheddar biscuits! I haven't had them in so long and now want them SO bad. Happy Monday! :)

    1. I probably make them WAY too often... they are a favorite!

  2. These sound so good. I love the addition of dill to a traditional cheddar biscuit! Yum :).

  3. Haha! I'm totally with you on the texture of dill! But it doesn't bother me in baked goods. Not sure what that's about, haha! These look great, girl!

    1. Haha, glad to hear someone else agrees! Thanks Rach!

  4. It's always biscuit o'clock if we want it to be, right?

  5. I've been wanting to make buttermilk biscuits for awhile....yours are just perfect! In your recipe, I think you mean 1/2 cup buttermilk? But there's a tiny typo right now (Just LMK!) :)

    1. Thanks so much for catching that Averie! Fixed now! Yes, 1/2 cup buttermilk. Let me know if you try them out - biscuits are one of my favorite things to make!

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