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Cheddar Dill Biscuits

Cheddar Dill Biscuits

I'm a bookworm. I've been so all of my life. There are old photographs of me as a toddler sitting underneath the living room end table reading Mother Goose rhymes. Though cramped, my small space was perfect to spend time with my favorite storybooks, whether I could actually read them or not was completely irrelevant. I distinctly remember the day I outgrew my small reading cove; my neck was sore from bending over and my legs jutted out between the table legs. At the ripe age of three and a half, I had outgrown my special reading corner. Above all, I remember feeling sadness about losing this place so special to me.

Evidently the perceived tragedies to a three year old are strong enough to leave an impression well into adulthood. My books and I would simply have to find someplace else to delve into the world of fiction.

Cheddar Dill Biscuits Cheddar Dill Biscuits

Nevertheless, much of my childhood was spent between the worn pages of a good book. Fiction and fantasy, kings and queens, dragons and mythical creatures—I loved them all. Reading of far off places, places that never existed nor will ever exist, made my imagination soar. As soon as my eyes start taking in the words on the page, my mind fades away from the Times New Roman font and a fantastic story begins playing out in my head. The faster my eyes dance across the page, the more vivid and real the details of the book become.

Fantasy, fiction, and food—my personal trinity of good books.

To this day, I struggle to pick up a nonfiction book and read it all the way through. Perhaps my childhood is so rooted into fairy tales and foreign worlds that to stray into the details of reality takes away a little of that magic. Whatever the case may be, my bookshelf is firmly filled with adventures and tragedies (with just a few culinary memoirs to break up the monotony).

Cheddar Dill Biscuits

When I was younger, I always envisioned myself as a fiction writer, spinning predictable, but engrossing tales of teen romance. Yet, when I sat down to write chapters, pages, or simple paragraphs of the ideas floating in my head, the words didn't flow. They stopped, utterly and completely, and I was left staring at a blank page. Yet, when I sat down to journal or to write short essays about silliness or food, the words came in droves. I'd often have to cut them back or stop them all together, fearing I'd write something too long for anyone (or myself) to want to read.

It's ironic, really. Nonfiction books are the one genre of books I can't quite bring myself to read, yet is the only style I can seem to write.

Which genre of books do you prefer?

Cheddar Dill Biscuits Cheddar Dill Biscuits

Cheddar Dill Biscuits are tender, flaky, and full of flavor. I love the sharpness of the cheddar cheese contrasted against the fresh dill. The biscuits rise using baking powder, while the butter gives the biscuit the coveted flaky layers. The biscuits are wonderfully cheesy and perfect whether they are served plain or with a simple butter spread. For tips on achieving mile-high biscuits, check this out!

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Cheddar Dill Biscuits

Yields 10-12 biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) cold butter
2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
1 cup (4 ounces) cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees (220 degrees C).

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix in the butter until mixture resembles a coarse sand. Mix in the fresh dill and cheddar cheese. Gradually pour in the heavy cream and milk, mixing until just combined.

Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and bring together until it forms a ball. If you need to knead the dough to bring it together, do so but no more than 10-12 times. Flatten the dough ball to roughly an 1-inch thick round and, using a 2-inch round cookie cutter or drinking glass of equivalent size dipped in flour, cut out biscuits until all dough is used. Place biscuits on a baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until tops of biscuits are lightly browned.

Serve warm, with a pat of butter if desired.

Reader Comments (20)

Yay, I'm so glad this recipe is up after the gorgeous pics from the other day, I can't wait to try these
These sound so scrumptious!
I love the look of these, but I'm trying to lighten things up around the kitchen. And my waistline. Does it matter what kind of milk (skim vs whole, etc)? Also, any substitutions for heavy cream?

I prefer escapist fiction, the better for me to lose myself in. Although I have been trying to get one "it's okay to tell people I'm reading this" book at the library each time. :)
01.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKtP
Mal-- Tell me how they turn out!

Katrina-- Oh, trust me. They are. :)

KtP-- You could use skim milk in place of the milk AND heavy cream to lighten up the biscuits. You will lose the richness and it may be noticeable in the flavor, but the biscuits will still turn out as pictured above. For the best "light" biscuits, I'd recommend half skim milk and half 2% or whole milk.
01.26.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
I have grown up with fantasy books. Pretty much all the books on my shelves are like that, but I'm trying to get into different types of genres. Lately, I've struggled to find a book that really grabs me. I've read a couple books that are ok and some that I read just so I can get through it (something about not finishing a books feels wrong). At the moment I'm reading Think of a Number, and at first it was a little slow, but now that I'm at the second part, things are starting to speed up a bit. After I'm done with that book I'm going to try and read Destiny of the Republic (a history novel about the death of James A. Garfield)

Your biscuits look terrific and they are so tall! I've never had biscuits rise that high. -jealous-
01.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecca
I like to read a bit of everything, although fiction is always in first place. I like cookbooks but I can't really say I READ them, I have a look at ingredients, take little notes etc...I like to read blogs that tell a bit of a personal story, too --I am not for sure if I can consider this as a genre per se, and if so, perhaps a memoir or a journal? That said, I am not such a great fiction writer it seems like, and I have more to say when I have to write about a specific topic or just about my day, like you. I have my husband who is a great short story and fiction writer, so he compensate the couple pretty well! I
I like this biscuits A LOT, and I am so sad that here in Italy dill is so hard to find! I will have a good look next time, cause I really want to try them!
01.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterValeria
I absolutely love reading fact I work in publishing so it's a pretty big part of my day job. But my number one passion is food so am very envious of you pursuing your baking career! These biscuits look lovely :-)
01.27.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthelittleloaf
These look so perfect and delicious! I am making biscuits today and your tips were very helpful!
01.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMercedes
Excellent, thank you!
01.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKtP
I'll be making these biscuits this weekend for breakfast, turning them into little sandwiches with eggs, bacon and more cheese.

I love to read historical nonfiction and memoirs the most. I like to feel a connection with the author or characters, something real. I guess that's why I also like to read blogs, especially good ones like yours!
01.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
I've never been a fan of non-fiction. Even in school when we had to read about them. Sure, I can read them and not complain, but I was always eager to read fiction books instead.
Honestly, I think I like fiction books - the ones about different worlds, people with powers and abilities, etc. - because it's something that I can use to get away from reality.
The biscuits look divine, and I've a block of cheddar cheese in my fridge, nothing fancy, but I'd love to use it before it spoils and making biscuits sound delicious!
01.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
Gosh, they look wonderful!! I`ve never seen anything like this before and now you made me really curious. Thank you for the recipe and helpful tips!
I love the combination of cheese and dill. Blends well really perfectly. I love munching on these while reading Mythology books. My favorite. Thanks for sharing a wonderful post! Keep reading!
01.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
I can't wait to try these. Now if only I can remember to have butter out and ready to smear on top.
01.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKita
I'm absolutely making these. Not only do they look beautiful (look at that height!), but I'm a sucker for a good biscuit. Love these.
01.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFresh and Foodie
I just tried to make these and the dough just never came together, even after I added a bit more liquid. What am I doing wrong?
01.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFresh and Foodie
Just made these and they were deee-lish! I did just get 7 biscuits, however. Will recreate for family visiting over the holidays. Thanks!
11.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica
I made these last night - got 12, baked 1 (because I cannot resist supper) and froze the rest for my lazy weekends lunch!

Such beautiful biscuits - both looks and taste!

Thank you!
04.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnaxilicious
Made the nice looking buiscuits for my friends birthday, they were delicious and gone in a minute. I will make them for my birthday too. Thank you very much for the nice recipe :)))
greetings from Germany
09.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeske
I just did a trial run of these biscuits for an upcoming luncheon,couldn't decide between Ina Garten recipe or yours.
Guess what yours won out, they are so flakey and tastes, can't wait to serve them.

Thank you
03.17.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandra Hagell

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