Southern Green tomato and pimento cheese biscuits

Recipe from: 12 February 2013
cheese scones

Ingredients 16
Servings 12
Time 00:15

Ingredients

  • 1.5
    cup
    green tomatoes - cut into a 1/2-inch dice
  • 2
    cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1
    Tbs
    baking powder
  • 1/2
    tsp
    baking soda
  • 1
    tsp
    salt
  • 1
    tsp
    paprika
  • 1/2
    tsp
    garlic powder (optional)
  • 1
    pinch
    pinch fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1
    pinch
    cayenne pepper
  • 113
    g
    unsalted butter
  • 1/2
    cup
    buttermilk
  • 1
    large egg
  • 1
    cup
    grated Cheddar - tossed with a
  • few spoonfuls of flour
  • 113
    g
    pimentos (spicy roasted peppers)
  • 2
    Tbs
    melted butter
 

Method

00:20
 
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a sheet tray with parchment, spread out the green tomato cubes and bake until they dry out slightly and just begin to colour, 10 - 15 minutes.

Remove and set aside to cool. Raise the oven temperature to 220­°C. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, paprika, garlic powder (if using), pepper and cayenne.

Using a food processor, pastry cutter, or your hands, cut the butter into the flour until it is reduced to bread-crumb size bits.

Beat together the buttermilk and egg, and then gently mix this into the flour-butter mixture until just barely combined.

Add the cheddar, pimientos and cooked and cooled green tomatoes, and gently mix until combined. Place a fresh piece of parchment on the empty cooking sheet.

Turn the dough out onto a floured countertop, and press into a rectangle that's about 1 inch high. Fold the dough over on itself, like an envelope. Give it a 90-degree turn, and press out again to a 1-inch high rectangle (this builds in layers, to make it extra flakey.) Repeat the folding and pressing.

Cut into biscuits with a 2- to 3-inch biscuit cutter, and place on the prepared baking sheets. The biscuits will rise significantly, so leave a couple of inches of space between them.

Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter, then bake until lightly browned, 15 -20 minutes. They can be eaten warm or cold.

 

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