Cheddar Cheese Chive Buttermilk Biscuits

Cheddar Cheese Chive Buttermilk Biscuits
ingredients
all
1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cracked Black Pepper
1 1/2 cups Shredded Cheddar
1/4 cup Chives
1/2 stick Unsalted Butter
or 1/4 cup, chilled and cut into ½-inch cubes
3/4 cup Buttermilk
well shaken
1 tbsp Milk
or Cream for brushing Biscuits
cookware
  • sifter or wire mesh strainer
  • wax paper
  • medium bowl
  • baking sheet
1
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 425°F.
2
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda onto a sheet of wax paper, then sift again into bowl and add pepper, cheddar, and chives.
3
Blend in butter with your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk and stir with a fork until a dough just forms (dough will be moist).
4
Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead gently 6 times. Pat out dough on a floured surface with floured hands, re-flouring surface if necessary, into an 8x5 ½ inch rectangle.
5
Trim all 4 sides with a knife, dusting knife edge with flour before each cut. Cut rectangle in half lengthwise, then into thirds crosswise to form 6 (2 ½-inch) squares, flouring knife between cuts.
6
Transfer biscuits with a metal spatula to an ungreased baking sheet, arranging them 2 inches apart, and brush tops with milk or cream. Bake until pale golden, 12-15 minutes, then transfer to a rack and cool to room temperature.