Author Notes: Flaky, buttery, and studded with bits of soft and savory goat cheese. These biscuits are simple but pretty much perfect. —Posie (Harwood) Brien
Makes: 6 medium biscuits
cups (8 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon baking soda
tablespoons cold unsalted butter
ounces fresh goat cheese
cup cold milk
- Preheat the oven to 450º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, paprika, and cayenne (if using).
- Cut the butter into the dry ingredients using a fork or pastry cutter until it's in mostly pea-sized chunks—some chunks can be slightly larger and some smaller, but don't overwork it.
- Crumble the goat cheese into the bowl and stir to combine.
- Add the milk, stir the dough with a fork until it is somewhat evenly moistened, then knead it a few times in the bowl so it mostly comes together in a ball but don't overwork it at all. It should not be cohesive and there should be chunks of drier areas and some wetter areas.
- Turn the dough out onto the parchment-lined sheet, and fold it over onto itself until there aren't any dry spots remaining. Don't think of this as kneading: You want to handle it gently and as you fold, the wet/dry areas will disappear. Fold about 10 times, then gently press the dough down to a rectangle about 2" high.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 2" squares and separate them slightly on the baking sheet.
- Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool slightly, then eat!