Breads & Muffins

Striving to be the Biscuits of Today?

Cheese and Herb BiscuitsNetflix delivered to our doorstep a film called How to Cook Your Life. It revolves around a Zen teacher and chef, Edward Espe Brown. He teaches cooking combined with his Zen practices to show the spiritual and healing power of food and cooking. At one point, Brown talks about his first batches of biscuits that just never seemed to come out right. Nothing like the Pillsbury Grands he was used to as a child. But once he realized that he had to stop comparing his food to something dated and instead focus on the present, he finally found his biscuit of ‘today’. The best biscuit he’d ever made! Very relatable to us foodie folks when you’re talking specifically about things culinary. But also relevant to anyone trying to fashion themselves and their craft (whatever it is you do to enjoy this crazy thing called life) based on other things. This all sounds like kooky talk, but something about doing you and letting that be resonated with us. Just do you. Be the biscuit of today! And eat this biscuit while you’re at it.

No one in our past had ever made ‘fancy’ biscuits. Just the down home buttermilk kind. Nothing wrong with that! But we’re definitely familiar with these two variations: cheddar and garlic and cheddar and dill. So we said to ourselves, ‘Selves, let’s get to work and create a combo.’ And we did. Introducing our biscuit of today!Ā  Here’s another one for the Bake Your Own Bread (BYOB) Challenge.

Whole Wheat Cheese & Herb Biscuits – 12-14 biscuits
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
5 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into pieces
1/3 cup white cheddar cheese, plus a bit more for topping, shredded
1/3 cup swiss cheese, shredded
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
3/4 cup milk

1. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, paprika, mustard, sugar, salt and dill.

2. Add butter using a pastry blender. Mix into larger crumbles.

3. Add cheese and garlic and cut into finer crumbly bits.

4. Start by incorporating half of the milk and mixing together lightly with a spoon. Add remainder until dough comes together.

5. Drop dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Top each biscuit with a tiny bit of cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-17 minutes.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


36 thoughts on “Striving to be the Biscuits of Today?

  1. Great point and your biscuits look delicious (hmm… that sounds mildly inappropriate)! I sometimes strive to be so authentic that I miss the creativity boat.

  2. What a nice thought. I’ve never been happy with the biscuits I baked and I suppose it is because I compared them to the canned. Why can’t I learn to like the biscuits that I make purely for what they are, rather than by what I compre them to? Thanks for that bit of wisdom.

  3. Wow, philosophy *and* biscuits in one post!

    I have a couple of cookbooks by Edward Espe Brown and they’re among my favourites – great food and a few nice bits of philosophy thrown in as well šŸ™‚

  4. I think a lot of people fall into the trap do compare the “biscuits” to others. Instead they should compare their “biscuits” in the past to the ones at present and enjoy the improvement. šŸ˜‰

  5. Sounds like an interesting movie. Looks like a delicious recipe — I won’t be making any plain biscuits anytime soon after reading this.

  6. I say call these Kooky Biscuits! Very intriquing combinations! Oolala! You can take the Duo out of NC but you can’t take the biscuit lover out of the Duo!

  7. As a new blogger and a new cook, I am so glad I stumbled on your post. What inspirational biscuits šŸ™‚ Whenever I cook something I’m always comparing it to my favorite childhood dinners but you (and your Netflix movie) are right– the meals of today!

    Thanks! šŸ™‚

  8. These beauties are definitely the biscuits of today … and probably even tomorrow. They sound amazing!

    Way to go, ‘selves! Genius.

  9. I like the zen part. Next time I ruin something I am cooking I will have to remind myself that the recipe will work for me when it is ready to šŸ˜‰

  10. You had me at the whole wheat flour … then circled in for the kill with the cheddar and dill. Scrumptious! I am so going to try these. The movie sounds great too, right up my alley. Thanks for both tips, Duo!

  11. Hi!

    These savory cookies look so vibrant like a Zen class šŸ™‚
    They’re the perfect snack full of herb aromas and flavors to nibble at any moment.

    I take the opportunity to thanks a lot for your visit at my blog and have a great weekend!

    All the best!

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