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Apple Cheddar Biscuits

Although fall doesn't officially begin until September 22, it seems to have made its way to Ohio this past weekend. My husband and I took advantage of the cooler temperatures and kicked off the fall season like we do every year - with a big pot of chili. Usually when we have chili, I make a batch of cornbread to go along side, but wanted to do something a bit different this time.  

  Introducing... Apple Cheddar Biscuits! Biscuits are one of life's greatest comfort foods, and I knew these would be fabulous on their own or with the chili. Buttery and tender, these biscuits are filled with pockets of sharp cheddar cheese and chewy apple bits. I know, you might be thinking cheddar + apples together?! It works! Sweet + savory to the max. Some people even go so far as to layer the bottom of their apple pies with sliced cheddar cheese! If you've never made biscuits from scratch, don't worry... they're a cinch. Start with the dry ingredients - flour, a bit of sugar, baking powder, and salt.     Then add the diced butter. It's really important that your butter is cold. It's what makes a flaky biscuit. I use my fingers to rub the butter into the dry mixture, but you can most certainly use a pastry cutter or two knives. You want the largest pieces to be about the size of small peas.     Then fold in the grated cheddar and dried apples. You can find dried apple rings in the produce section near the bulk nuts and raisins. They make great snacks, too.  

  Pour in the milk, and toss it all together with a fork. Once it's mostly combined, turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead a few times until it all comes together.   It's important that you don't work the dough too much... that's how you might end up with hockey pucks instead of light, delicate, flaky biscuits.     Roll out the dough to about 3/4-inch thick, and cut with a round biscuit cutter. I didn't have a round biscuit cutter, so I improvised a bit. Christmas ornament shaped biscuits? Why not! (I actually ended up pinching off the ornament hook part, to make the biscuits more circular.)     Place the biscuit rounds on a baking sheet, and brush with a bit of melted butter. This will guarantee a crispy, buttery biscuit top.     Just a few minutes in the oven, and you have fresh, warm biscuits to accompany your meal!  

  These were excellent with the chili, and I think they would make an excellent breakfast treat as well. Now, I just have to figure out what to do with the leftover dried apples! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Apple Cheddar Biscuits

Servings/Yield: 10-12 biscuits
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup dried apple slices, coarsely chopped
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Method Preheat oven to 400*F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter pieces; toss to coat. Using a pastry cutter, two knives, or your fingers, incorporate the butter until the mixture is coarse and the largest butter pieces are the size of small peas. Stir in the grated cheddar and dried apples. Add the milk and stir gently with a fork until it has mostly come together into a sticky dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead briefly to combine. (Don't overwork the dough.) Roll out to 3/4-inch thick and cut out biscuit rounds using a 3-inch circle cutter. Place biscuits on prepared baking sheet, and re-roll any scraps. Brush each biscuit with melted butter. Bake at 400*F for 16-18 minutes until golden brown and biscuits are baked through. Serve warm. Source: Annie's Eats  

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