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Fun With Food: Cheddar Bacon & Chive Biscuits

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For more scone-like biscuits, shape into triangles and brush with milk before baking.

Ingredients

  • 6 thick-cut bacon slices
  • 3 ¾ cups bread flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½” cubes
  • 2 ½ cups (packed) grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1 ¾ cups chilled buttermilk
  • Honey (optional)

Preparation

  1. Position rack just above center of oven and preheat to 425°F. Line heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Cook bacon in heavy large skillet over medium heat until crisp and brown. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain, and then chop coarsely.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in processor; blend 5 seconds. Add butter cubes. Blend until coarse meal forms, about 30 seconds. Transfer flour mixture to large bowl. Add cheddar cheese, fresh chives, and chopped bacon; toss to blend. Gradually add buttermilk, stirring to moisten evenly (batter will feel sticky).
  3. Using lightly floured hands, drop generous ½ cup batter for each biscuit onto prepared baking sheet, spacing batter mounds about 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake biscuits until golden and tester inserted into center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Brush biscuits lightly with melted butter. Let cool 10 minutes. Serve biscuits warm or at room temperature with honey, if desired.

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