My brother recently went to England to a game of his favorite soccer team and while I know he had a good time waving his flags, singing his songs and getting an autograph, he still talks about how good Guinness is over there. —Droplet
all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons
fine cut orange marmalade
grated aged white cheddar
cold unsalted butter
grated blue cheese
Guinness beer, cold
1 1/2 tablespoons
buttermilk,extra for brushing tops
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Wrap a piece of blue cheese in several layers of plastic foil and place in the freezer
Measure out 1 ½ cup all purpose flour (aerate, spoon into the cup and level off with a knife) in a dry mixing bowl and add the cold butter, cut into cubes. Work the butter in with a pastry blender or your fingers until no discernible pieces remain. Add the remaining 1 ½ cup all purpose flour,baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk the whole mixture well to evenly distribute leaveners. Add the potato flakes and do the same. Grate the blue cheese on the fine holes of a grater ,measure out ¼ cup and stir through the flour mixture. Add the grated cheddar.
Pour Guinness into a measuring cup,down the side of the inner wall , aiming to create less bubbles than you normally would. Let it settle for about a minute or a few. You want to have 1 c of liquid and about ¼ c of cream on top. Besides air suspended in bubles, the cream does contain a percentage of extra liquid as well, which is needed here for proper balance.
Mix the marmalade and buttermilk well in a small dish and add to the dry ingredients along with the beer and gently but quickly stir until the dough comes together.
Scoop the dough out onto a dry countertop barely sprinkled with flour and gently pat to an even ¾ inch thickness. Cut with a 2 ½ inch cutter and place on the prepared sheet, about 1 ½ inch apart. Cut the scraps into bite sized pieces and place them randomly on the sheet as well - those are for the cook. Alternatively cut the patted circle radially into scones. Brush the tops of the biscuits lightly with the extra buttermilk and bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.