Cheese Biscuits Recipe

October 19, 2007 5 Comments

Cheese Biscuits Recipe

 How to Make Incredible Cheese Biscuits

I am excited to tell you about my latest NoviceToPro Interview with Chef Jenni Field, a graduate from the prestigious Orlando Culinary Academy’s Le Cordon Bleu program. It is a great interview and a must read if you are thinking of going to culinary school especially if you are over the age of 30.

Jenni started culinary arts school after a 16-year career as a teacher and avid amateur baker. The interview gets into why she changed careers, how she decided what culinary school to attend, what it was like plus Jenni talks about what qualities someone needs to enter the restaurant industry. Do check it out here.

I asked Chef Jenni for a signature recipe and she offer this one for Cheese Biscuits. Here is what she said:

“I make these for bread service at the restaurant every day.  People clamor for them in a most undignified manner!  This recipe doubles and quadruples with no problem (I make a batch with 32 cups of flour), so it’s a good recipe for a crowd”

Cheese Biscuits Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 biscuits

Cheese Biscuits Recipe


2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon mustard powder pinch of cayenne pepper (to taste)

4 oz. cold butter, cubed

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup buttermilk

6 oz. grated cheese (we use Gruyere and Parmesan. Cheddar works very well also)

Several grinds of black pepper

How To Prepare At Home

Heavily flour a smooth work surface. (Seriously. You shouldn't even be able to see the table under the flour). Have your rolling pin, a bench scraper and grated cheese ready to go.

Whisk dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Rub in butter with your fingers until the butter pieces are about the size of large peas.

Pour in the cream and buttermilk and toss lightly with your hand, using your hand to fold the ingredients together like you'd use a spatula. The dough will be a shaggy mess. Some will still just be plain flour and some will be kind of wet. Doesn't matter. Overcome your trepidation and dump it all out on the floured surface.

Sprinkle a little flour on top of the shaggy mess of dough and pat it into a rectangle that's about 1/2 inch thick.

Take 1 oz. of the grated cheese and sprinkle it on half of the rectangle. Use your bench scraper to help you fold the non-sprinkled half over onto the sprinkled half. Try and get the edges fairly even.

Turn the dough a quarter-turn. You might need your bench scraper for this, too.

Lightly roll this folded, still messy mass of dough and cheese until it is again about 1/2 inch thick. Keep it as rectangular as you can.

Sprinkle another ounce of cheese on half, fold, turn and roll again. Repeat this process with the remaining 4 ounces of cheese. It will look like all the cheese won't fit, but carry on. I promise it will. If some falls out, just put it back in.

With each fold, you are creating tons of layers of dough and cheese. In that sense, it's kind of like a puff pastry. Also, the dough will become much easier to manage. It might, in fact, become kind of hard to roll, making you have to push down pretty hard and grit your teeth. That's okay. Just keep going.

Once all your cheese is in (it will sort of magically disappear into the dough), square up the sides of your rectangle again, then cut in squares of whatever size you prefer. With this size batch, you'll probably get about 7-8 larger biscuits or about 15 mini guys.

Use your bench scraper for this part, too--it is a useful tool. (For the most beautiful baked biscuits, make sure all four sides of your biscuits are cut sides.

Don't bake one with a fold on one side. It will still taste good, it just will rise all funny because the layers on one side are all still attached).

You can bake the biscuits immediately, but they seem to like to be frozen for awhile first--they rise up nice and straight when the fat has had a chance to firm up again.

At any rate, when you're ready to bake, brush the tops with buttermilk, grind on a bit of black pepper, and bake off at 375 degrees, F for 7 minutes. Turn the pan and bake for about 6-8 more minutes. (This baking time is for a commercial convection oven. Your baking time might be different).

When they are done, they will be tall and golden brown and lovely. Resist eating for as long as possible (we can only go for about 14 seconds at the restaurant) and then eat.

They are great with butter, bacon, or for a truly decadent treat, smear on some really good raspberry jam. Hooray for the cheese biscuits!

Last modified on Mon 8 January 2018 6:42 pm

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  1. Barbara Paige says:

    Is it possible to make cheese biscuits without using 1/2 cup of heavy cream?

  2. Chef Jenni Field says:

    I never have, but you could certainly try using half and half instead. I wouldn’t recommend using plain milk–or all buttermilk, for that matter–because the fat in the cream helps coat the flour and helps keep the gluten from getting too tough during all the rolling and folding.

  3. june says:

    If making the quanity that you do,do you still cut in the butter with your fingers? In addition, what’s the proportion of gruyere to parmesan? My main concern is freezing, as I have not had much success with freezing biscuits in the past. They don’t seem to rise properly, therefore are more dense and sort of gummy…just not as light. Maybe it’s my method…I normally put them straight into the freezer on parchment, uncovered until they are frozen and then put them in a ziplock bag. I’ve tried baking them frozen as well as thawing before baking and varied oven temperatures. I’m from the South and my kids want biscuits even when I don’t have time to make them, but they don’t like them baked after being in the freezer. They’re just not as good. What do you think is the problem?

  4. Brian says:

    Wow! Of all the recipes for cheese biscuits on the internet, this one wins in my book. Although the recipe seems a bit involved, it really pulls together much quicker than you think! Be brave! Toss that flour around — liberally! These freeze really well. I didn’t thaw before baking. Only adds a few minutes to cooking time in my oven and these are so much better than those in the grocer’s case. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Heather says:

    These biscuits turned out so well! They were delicious and I am so happy I found this recipe. Thank you for sharing it and I just want to say I loved making them almost as much as I loved eating them and sharing them.

    I used Havarti and butterkaise cheese and they worked wonderfully. I also added a little more salt and some dill:)

    Hi Heather, glad you enjoyed the biscuit recipe. – RG

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