Cheddar-Jalapeño Biscuits

Cheddar-Jalapeño Biscuits Recipe
William Meppem

For a spicier biscuit, don't seed the peppers.


Makes 18 (2-inch) biscuits

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Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Bake: 12 Minutes


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/3 cup vegetable shortening, cold
3/4 cup (3 oz.) grated Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped jalapeño pepper (about 3 jalapeños)
3/4 cup buttermilk


1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Sift together first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Cut shortening into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles fine crumbs; stir in cheese and jalapeño. Add buttermilk, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not overmix.

3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times. Pat or roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Gather dough scraps together, and repeat. Bake at 450° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

David Guas,


July 2010
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