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Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Have you ever had cheddar bay biscuits at Red Lobster? They are addicting, aren’t they?

Cheddar bay biscuit was on my baking list for a very long time, and I decided today is the day to bake it, to go with our steak dinner. I searched everywhere on internet for recipes, but only found all recipes use Bisquick (a biscuit premix). I don’t have Bisquick and don’t intend to buy one, so I turned to King Arthur Flour for some inspirations.

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Well I don’t think my biscuits taste like ones from Red Lobster, they are yummy for sure! When the biscuits came out of the oven they are crispy on the outside, fluffy and tender inside. This is the best time to eat them, as the biscuits are not as fluffy and tender when they’re cooled.

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Cheddar Bay Biscuits Recipe (makes 12 pieces)

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
2 tbsp dry milk powder– optional
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
4 tbsp cold butter– cut into cubes
4 oz (1/2 cup) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tbsp fresh parsley– finely chopped
1 1/4 cup cold milk

2 tbsp melted butter

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, dry milk powder, baking powder, salt and garlic powder in a big bowl. Use your fingers rub in cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs (it’s okay if some of the butter pieces are big like pea size). Add cheese and parley to combine well. Pour in cold milk, stir with a spatula until the mixture is evenly moistened. The dough will be wet and sticky. Do not over mix the dough.
  3. Use an ice cream scooper, scoop dough onto baking pan 2 inches apart, about 12 biscuits. Bake for 8 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the biscuits sit in the oven for another 5 minutes until the top is golden brown. Brush the top with melted butter, and cool on the rack.

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We got some blueberries yesterday and decided to make blueberry pancakes for today’s family breakfast. I searched internet, and quickly settled on this recipe before I got distracted with tons and millions of pancake recipes out there. Well, after the testimony this morning I think I have indeed found good pancake recipe. Unlike other recipes that use whole eggs, this recipe calls for folding whipped egg whites into egg yolk mixture, and thus producing light and fluffy pancakes. You can skip the blueberries for a plain version if you like.

Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes

Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes– adapted from preparedpantry.com (makes 10 pancakes)

12/5/10 update: I have increased ingredient portions to make 15 pancakes for my family as it wasn’t enough based on original version. The changes are written in bold blue color. Also, be sure to check out my notes below for some tips on made-ahead pancake batters.

Ingredients (bold blue is for making 15 pancakes):
(1 1/2 cup) 1 cup all-purpose flour
(4 tsp) 1/2 tbsp baking powder
(1/4 tsp) 1/8 tsp salt
(3) 2 egg yolks
(1 cup + 1 tbsp) 3/4 cup milk
(5 tbsp) 4 tbsp melted butter
(3) 2 egg whites
(2 1/2 tbsp) 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 cup fresh blueberries– rinsed

Method:

  1. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl. In a separate small bowl, mix egg yolks, 1/2 cup (or 3/4 cup if making for 15 pancakes) of milk and melted butter with a hand whisk until smooth.
  2. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour yolk mixture all at once, and use the hand whisk to stir just until combined. Over mixing will make for tough pancakes.
  3. Beat egg whites until fluffy. Add in sugar and continue beating until soft peak appears as for meringue. Fold in 1/3 of whipped egg whites into yolk mixture using a spatula. Fold in remaining whipped egg whites into the batter. Add in remaining milk and blueberries. Continue folding until all blended.
  4. Cook on low heat as you would with other pancakes.

Regina’s Notes– sharing with you some quick tips I learned from PreparedPantry.com:

  • Pancake and waffle batters made with baking powder can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator overnight.  Since the baking powder may lose some of its potency overnight, add a little extra.  If the first pancake doesn’t rise enough, sift a little more over the batter and gently stir it in.  Alternatively, you can add an extra 25 to 50% when you make up the batter.
  • Pancake and waffle batters leavened with baking soda cannot be stored. The leavening go to work as soon as they are moistened and will lose their power overnight.
  • If the recipe calls for baking powder and egg whites, you can mix the batter the night before but wait till morning to fold in the egg whites.


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