Savory Cheese Biscuits, Gluten-Free (edited 11/24/11)

From: Art of Gluten-Free Baking

Yield: 9 biscuits

Savory Cheese Biscuits, Gluten-Free (edited to add cream)

Yield: 9 biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (280 g) Jeannes Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour mix
  • 1 TBL baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 5 TBL unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • 1 C (about 60 g) grated cheese of choice, loosely packed (I use cheddar)
  • Handful (about 20 g) fresh herbs of choice, chopped (I use basil) or 1 TBL dried
  • 1 C (240 ml) buttermilk buttermilk or milk mixed with 1 TBL vinegar
  • 2/3 C heavy cream
  • 1/3 C Tapioca flour for dusting

Cooking Directions

  1. The recipe for the flour mix can be found at: http://www.artofglutenfreebaking.com/2009/11/the-story-behind-my-gluten-free-flour-mix/
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F/220 C/gas mark 7. Grease an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan with butter.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pepper.
  4. Add the butter pieces and, using your fingers, squish into flour mixture until it looks like sand mixed with different sized pebbles.
  5. Add cheese, and mix with hands until combined.
  6. Add herb(s), mix with hands until combined.
  7. Add buttermilk and cream, and using a spoon, stir until mixture is wet and lumpy--kind of like cottage cheese.
  8. Place tapioca flour into a medium bowl. Scoop out a scant 1/3 cup amount of batter and form into a loose ball with your hands. Place the ball of batter into the tapioca flour and roll until covered. Shake the excess tapioca flour off of the ball by lightly tossing it between both hands and place ball into greased pan.
  9. Repeat procedure until all of the batter is used. You should get 9 balls out of the batter. I place them into the pan so 8 balls line the perimeter (lightly touching each other) and 1 ball is in the center. They will puff up as they bake and fill the pan.
  10. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, until biscuits are puffed and golden.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan. May be eaten immediately or warm or cooled.
  12. Cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.