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Flaky Garlic Scape Buttermilk Biscuits with Swiss Cheese

 
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Turn garlic scapes into fluffy, cheesy buttermilk biscuits. The garlic scapes add a fresh mild hint of garlic to the savory biscuits which is perfectly complimentary.

Yield

6

servings

Prep

20

min

Cook

20

min

Ready

60

min

 

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
*
4 teaspoons baking powder
*
½ teaspoon baking soda
*
½ teaspoon salt
*
teaspoon black pepper
*
¼ cup butter, unsalted
frozen and grated, see below
*
4 ounces garlic scapes
trimmed and finely diced
*
1 cup swiss cheese
small chunks or grated
*
1 cup buttermilk
well chilled
*

Directions

Ingredients to make garlic scape cheese biscuits on a wood cutting board

  1. Preheat the oven to 400℉ (200℃). Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking mat, parchment paper or just grease the sheet.

  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl. Grate the frozen butter and toss together with the flour mixture in the bowl. Add the swiss cheese, toss; add the garlic scapes toss. Stir in the chilled buttermilk until just incorporated; do not overmix.

    Finely diced garlic scapes

  3. Turn onto a floured surface and knead a few times to bring the mixture together quickly. Roll out or pat into a circle, about ½ inch (1 ¼ cm) thick. Cut using a 2 ½ inch (7 cm) round cutter and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Bring any scraps together, roll out and cut the remaining biscuits.

    Garlic scape biscuit dough rolled out to ½ inch thickness, ready for cutting into biscuits
    Cutting garlic scape biscuits
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, turning half-way through baking until golden brown and puffed to flaky biscuit perfection.

    Garlic scape biscuits, cut and ready to pop into the oven
    Garlic scape bicuits fresh from the oven, golden brown with melted swiss cheese.

How to make fluffy biscuits

Freezing the butter and then grating helps to create flakier fluffier biscuit. Make sure the buttermilk it well chilled.

Try to manipulate the biscuit dough as little as possible. Overworking the dough will toughen your biscuits. Stir in the buttermilk only just barely enough to moisten and almost don't even knead, just to bring the dough together.

Turn garlic scapes into fluffy, cheesy buttermilk biscuits. The garlic scapes add a fresh mild hint of garlic to the savory biscuits which is perfectly complimentary.

Buttermilk Tips

We use reconstituted buttermilk powder which we obtain as a bulk food store (or order online). This way we always can have buttermilk on hand.

If you don't have buttermilk on hand, use milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar added. Boom; instant buttermilk substitute.

Cheese

Feel free to mix it up or use whatever your favorite cheese may be. Swiss cheese, Gruyere, and cheddar cheese biscuits all taste great!

Before baking, top each biscuit with a bit of extra cheese that you thoughtfully reserved.

Turn garlic scapes into fluffy, cheesy buttermilk biscuits. The garlic scapes add a fresh mild hint of garlic to the savory biscuits which is perfectly complimentary.

Don't have garlic scapes?

Substitute ¼ cup of garlic chives or even regular chives, scallions and if you like add 1 clove of minced garlic to the buttermilk for an extra punch of garlic.

How to prepare garlic scapes

Trim the tips just slightly above the flower. The longer slender curly tip can be tough. See photo for reference.

Turn garlic scapes into fluffy, cheesy buttermilk biscuits.  The garlic scapes add a fresh mild hint of garlic to the savory biscuits which is perfectly complimentary.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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