I love a good "biscuit" or as we call them in Australia a Scone!
I am always looking for different ways to have a nice side with some dishes that is different from plain boring old bread. Don't get me wrong I loveeeeeeeeeee fresh warm bread and it has pride of place on our dining table at dinner time with stews, casseroles, pot roasts and soups etc., however sometimes I like something different.
These biscuits I saw on A Spicy Perspective and well I can say *drool* is what I did when I first saw this recipe. I read it through and then Googled one of the key ingredients. In Australia we don't have Old Bay Seasoning. I had to find out what was in this seasoning then go through the spice rack at the supermarket to see if they had anything similar. The Masterfood's All Purpose seasoning is the one that comes the closest.
Then my Mum, the wonder that she is went to USA Foods my home away from home, in Melbourne and found the Old Bay Seasoning for me.
It has always fascinated me that in America they eat "Biscuits" with everything, Scones are an afternoon tea treat with jam and cream and very rarely a savoury treat. This recipe is a keeper in our house and the Chief Crash Test Dummy (who is still on the injured list) was sniffing the air going "These smell good" with the added *pout* as he cannot eat them yet.
2 cups plain flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons All Purpose Seasoning (Old Bay Seasoning if you have it)
100g cold butter cut into small cubes
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups grated tasty cheese
50gm butter melted
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Combine the dry ingredients in the bowl of your food processor, pulse to combine.
Cut cold butter into approx. 1cm cubes.
Place chopped butter into your food processor bowl.
Pulse to combine, until the mix looks like breadcrumbs.
Pour in your milk and pulse until just combined into a dough.
Add your grated cheese and pulse just until combined.
Now if like me you have one of these fantastic tools it is nice and easy to scoop out your dough with this. I use it for everything from monster cookies to cupcakes etc.,
See nice sized dough balls for baking. At this stage you can freeze the dough for cooking later. Defrost the dough in the fridge prior to baking.
If you don't have an ice cream scoop just gently pat the dough into a square about an inch high and cut into either squares or use a cookie cutter to cut into scone shapes. Bake in a pre heated non fan forced oven at 230C for 10 to 12 minutes or a fan forced oven at 220C for 10 to 12 minutes.
Meanwhile melt the 40gm butter and stir through the chopped parsley.
When you take the biscuits from the oven brush with the parsley butter straight way.
Serve with a meal or as a light lunch. Enjoy hot or cold.