recipe fron Lisa @ Cutting Edge of Ordinary - adapted from a recipe in Bon Appetit
6 thick cut bacon slices
3 ¼ cups bread flour
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
½ cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes.
2 ½ cups packed, coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 12 ounces)
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
1 ¾ cups chilled buttermilk
Position rack just above center of the oven and preheat to 425. Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Cook the bacon in a heavy large skillet over medium heat until crisp and brown. (I used a cast iron pan). Transfer to paper towel to drain, and then chop coarsely.
Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a processor. Blend 5 seconds. (I'm sure if you don't have a food processor, a pasty blender would work just as well) Add the butter cubes and blend until coarse meal forms, about 30 seconds. Transfer the flour mixture to a large bowl and add the cheddar cheese, fresh chives and chopped bacon. Toss to blend. Gradually add the buttermilk, stirring to moisten evenly. Batter will be sticky!
Using a lightly floured hand, drop a generous ½ cup of batter for each biscuit onto a prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
Bake biscuits until golden brown and tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Serve biscuits warm or at room temperature.