My first savory post! My first time making biscuits! My first time buying figs! It's just a whole post of first's eeeeeee!!
Part of my 1 year gift from Andrew was this really amazing cookbook called The Flavor Bible. I'm in love with it. Not only does it have some great advice at the beginning of the book about "flavor" in general, but it then has a third chapter where they literally take a food item (let's say chocolate, for example) and write down all the flavors that could match with chocolate (such as coffee). It will be so perfect for recipe development. If I'm stuck, I'll use it for some inspiration. Or if I'm leaning towards a certain combo, I'll affirm that what I'm dreaming up of isn't completely off track.
When I walked into the grocery store, I first meandered over to the cheese aisle. After scoping out the scene, I decided on the harvati horseradish and the honey goat cheese. Why, do you ask? Well, see, they had big orange stickers on them screaming MANAGER'S SPECIAL, aka super affordable. Cheese is expensive dude! I have to make this med school budget work somehow.
Regardless of the method, once I picked the cheeses the wheels started turning. I picked up some dried figs for the goat cheese, and some chives for the havarti. When I got back to the apartment, I flipped through The Flavor Bible to see what the experts had to say. I was more than thrilled to see figs matched with goat cheese and chives matched with cheese in general! Along with many other combination flavors, which I am so excited to test out next.
For now, I'll munch on these little biscuits and be happy. The fig and honey goat cheese biscuit had a nice sweet flavor but not too much so. The chive and havarti horseradish cheese biscuit was completely opposite, with a good salty bite due to the added sprinkled cheese on top. I'm imagining the sweet biscuit could be breakfast with some jam and tea, and the salty biscuit could be lunch with some creamy soup? Biscuits all day, erry day!
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup whole milk
Preheat your oven to 425°F.
Mix together the dry ingredients. With two knives, a pastry blender or your fingertips, cut or rub the butter or shortening in until the mixture looks like bread crumbs. Add the liquid all at once, mixing quickly and gently for about 20 seconds until you have a soft dough.
Pat the dough into a rectangle about 3/4-inch in thickness. Sprinkle in the mix-ins for the biscuits.
Fold it into thirds like a letter and roll gently with a floured rolling pin until the dough is 3/4-inch in thickness again.
Cut into circles with a biscuit cutter for traditional, round biscuits. You can sprinkle more cheese and toppings on the tops of the biscuits if you'd like!
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until they're lightly browned.
These biscuits = major flavor bombs