Homemade Ham And Cheese Biscuits
- Prep time: 15 min
- Cook time: 15 min
- Ready in: 30 min
- Yields: 12 biscuits
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Ever since the 1990’s coffee houses and coffee shops have popped up everywhere. Sometimes, there are two of the same franchise stores (I’m looking at you Starbucks!) that are right across the street from each other.
And one of the things, I must admit, that I’ve never truly gotten a grip on, is just how many people go to get their morning coffee and breakfast at these places. It is amazing to me: the main reason you go to a coffee house, or even a diner, is because you don’t have time to make yourself breakfast; however, these days, you actually have to spend more time waiting in line to get your coffee and breakfast sandwich than it would take you to make a pot of coffee and toast a bagel at home.
Now, I know that one thing these places offer people is a sense of convenience and variety in their food (you can’t always whip up a raspberry mocha and an almond Danish at home), but there are alternatives to the time and money you end up wasting by always going out for breakfast.
The following recipe is for homemade ham and cheese biscuits that you can make easily and quickly. They will, quite literary, save you 3/4th of the money you spend by buying your breakfast and they are probably far healthier.
These biscuits are made with 100 percent whole wheat flour (and they taste fantastic). Plus, you get a whole dozen (which will last you aleast a week).
You can just microwave a couple in the morning and you’re ready to go. Which is a easier thing that waiting in line for food.
1 cup of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons of double acting baking powder
1/2teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons of white sugar
1 cup of 100 percent whole wheat flour
1 cup of whole milk
½ cup (one stick) of cold, unsalted butter
1 cup (8 ounces) of ham
1 cup of shredded cheese, your choice of cheese
1.Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
2.Dice the ham into ½ inch cubes.
3.In a small mixing bowl mix together (and sift) the wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, sugar, pepper, powder and soda.
4.Cut the butter into small cubes.
5.Pour the flour mixture into a standard standing mixer.
6.Set the mixer on low (1-2 speed) and, one piece at a time; combine the cut cold butter into the flour mixture.
7.When the dough is “crumbly” add the one cup of milk and mix until the dough starts to come together.
8.Add the diced ham and shredded cheese, and mix until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
9.Scoop out the very stick dough onto a flour cutting board or, as I have, onto a flat counter top covered in plastics wrap.
10.Roll out the dough with a floured rolling pin until it is a ½ to 1 inch thick, or as I have covered the dough with another piece of plastic wrap and roll out the dough.
11.Using a floured cutting circle (biscuit cutter) and cut out 12 round biscuits. (or as I have cut the dough into 12 squares and then round the edges by hand.
12.Place the 12 biscuits on a large parchment paper lined cookie / baking sheet.
13.Bake biscuits for 15 minutes or until the tops are nicely browned.
14.Remove from oven and allow to cool fir about 5 minutes before serving (if you wish them hot).
15.If you wish to eat them at a later date, let them cool completely before storing them in a zip-lock bag, they should easy satay fresh for a week if kept in the refrigerator. Simply remove biscuit from the oven, wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 1-2 minutes.