Yummy Cheddar Yeast Biscuits
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warm water, about 105f (40c)
flour, all-purpose variety
sharp cheddar cheese, grated
sugar, granulated variety
salt, kosher variety
lard, cut into pieces
sweet butter, unsalted, cold and cut into pieces
Gather and prep all your ingredients.
Add the sugar to the warm water and mix.
Add the yeast and allow it to proof for 5 minutes.
Chef’s Note: If after 5 minutes the top of the water should be nice and foamy. If it isn’t then your yeast is dead. Give it a proper burial, and buy more yeast.
Add the cheese, flour, cayenne, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a food processor fitted with an S-blade.
Give the mixture a few one-second pulses until the cheese in fully incorporated into the flour.
Add the cold butter and the lard to the flour mixture, and give it a few one-second pulses, until you have small pea-size bits of butter and lard.
Add the flour mixture to a large bowl.
Combine the yeast/water mixture with the buttermilk.
Chef' Note: Add the liquid to the flour and gently mix until all the flour is moistened. You might not need all of the liquid.
Place the dough on a lightly floured board, and kneed until just incorporated, about 1 minute.
Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 400f (205c).
Gently pat the dough out to about a 1/2-inch thickness, and cut out the biscuits to about 2 inches in diameter.
Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for about 14 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy.
Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
Last Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016