Saturday, July 16, 2011

goat cheese hazelnut drop biscuits

things that are cute:
little pasta
baby feet
striped bikinis
the little spoons they give you to try 10 ice cream flavors before making your selection

i always think bis-cutes when i spell out biscuits. its not a coincidence.
and i get to use eggs to make biscutes! ah, today is good. today is cute.
that biscuit up there is on my knee.
moving on.

BISCUTES. with hazelnuts and cheese from a goat.
dear goats, thank you for your awesome cheese. how do you make it so good? is it all the weird crap you eat like towels and newspaper and radishes?   what a mystery.

if you have any leftover..well first, what's wrong with you?
but really if you do, split it in half. make a little sandwich. a fried egg? avocado? more cheese? leeks and butter???
         food is just too good.

wanna know why i made these? remember that lemon vanilla jam?

things got a little messy. i got jam crazy.

Goat Cheese Hazelnut Drop Biscuits
adapted from the bon appetit cookbook

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cream of tartar 
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 cup goat cheese, broken into chunks
2/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted 
1 cup chilled buttermilk
1 large egg

preheat oven to 400. whisk the first 6 ingredients in a big bowl. add butter and rub in with fingertips until the mix resembles coarse meal. add in cheese, run in with fingertips. mix in hazelnuts. whisk buttermilk and egg together in a bowl and then add to flour mix, stirring just until the dough comes together. 
drop 1/3 cup scoops of dough onto baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. bake until they are beautifully golden brown, about 15 minutes. 

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