I admit it freely: I love biscuits.
When Norm Abrahms, on the carpentry shows, talks about biscuits, I start to feel hungry, even though I know he's talking about a skinny little piece of wood.
I love biscuits, and this recipe is a favorite of my husband's. It's from the LA Times (June 15, 2005). We were sitting having coffee in Palm Springs (a winding down after working at a furniture show in Pasadena), when we opened the newspaper and found biscuits!
Now, when I make them, I remember that lovely morning.
But enough about sun and the Times. Without further ado:
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 stick unsalted butter (cut into little cubes)
2 jalapenos (seeded and minced)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese (sharpness to your taste)
about 1/2 cup of pale beer
Mix the dry ingredients. Cut in the butter. Stir in the jalapenos and cheese. Stir in the beer. (I always need more than 1/2 cup, usually closer to 2/3 cup.
Knead the dough briefly and then pat it out on a lightly floured surface and wield your favorite biscuit cutter or reasonably sized water tumbler. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 425 degrees for 13-15 minutes. If you're really thirsty, drink the rest of the beer while you wait.