Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Cheddar Garlic Bacon Biscuits and Discovery
Art and I like to try new food. If we see an item on the menu we do not recognize, one of us will sometimes order it. Or, if we see unfamiliar produce at the store, we will sometimes buy it. Amazing food that we've never before encountered is waiting to be discovered.
We want to pass this curiosity on to Jacob.
Today, Jacob and I tried an Oro Blanco Grapefruit for the first time. Outside, it looked like an unusually large green grapefruit. Inside, it looked like a typical grapefruit with really thick skin. The flesh was not bitter like regular grapefruit. Jacob ate half of it. If I had left any of my half, he probably would have eaten that, too.
After this exciting adventure into the culinary unknown, we had last night's completely familiar lentil soup for dinner. I also made biscuits. But these were not just any biscuits. They were cheddar garlic bacon biscuits.
Tonight, Jacob ate the soup- he also ate it for lunch earlier. The highlight of dinner was the cheddar garlic bacon biscuits. Art said they made his day.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
6 Tablespoons cold butter, cubed
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 pieces bacon, cooked crisp, drained, and crumbled
1 1/2 cups milk
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet- I use a seasoned baking stone.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and garlic powder. Using a pastry blender or two forks, blend the butter into the flour mixture until crumbly. Stir in the cheese and bacon. Stir in the milk until ingredients come together and seem evenly moist.
Drop large spoonfuls of dough onto prepared sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Serve warm. Makes about 10 biscuits.