Beer With Me
I love using beer when I cook. It adds flavor and can be the leavening agent in baked goods. I had stumbled on a recipe for beer biscuits a few days ago and wanted an opportunity to bake them. Yesterday at work, my regulars Mark and Laurel brought me some more of their homemade soup, this time it was cream of cabbage soup. Perfect creamy soup for some biscuits to dunk in.
This recipe takes about half hour, and if you have a stocked kitchen, you should have everything you need in your pantry.
If not, here’s what to get from the store:
Beer of your choice (I used an IPA)
Sliced Cheese (optional)
(From Apartment Cookery)
1 cup beer, cold
4 tbsp butter, cold and cubed
2 cups flour (plus more for dusting)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
Sliced cheese (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 450° F.
- In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar (if you chose to add it). Toss in the butter and rub together quickly until the mixture begins to form crumbs. Work quickly, you don’t want the butter to melt. Form a well in the center and slowly pour in the beer. Stir together with a spatula just until the dough comes together, don’t touch it after that. The dough is going to be very sticky, that’s a good thing!
- Place the dough on a floured work surface, top the dough with a bit of flour too. Gently kneed the dough a few times (5-6 is ideal) then roll it out into a 1/2-inch thick round. Using a 2 inch biscuit cutter, cut out the biscuits and place them side by side on a baking sheet. Reform the scrap dough and repeat (these biscuits won’t be as fluffy, but they’re just as delicious!)
- Place in the center rack of the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until a nice golden brown crust has formed on top. Near the end of the cooking process, add the sliced cheese to melt.
Winter has finally come to NWI and…I hate it. Single digit weather with wind and little sun is awful. At least the vacation is set so I have something to look forward to.