Cheddar Bay Biscuits
The lure of the nation’s most ubiquitos seafood restaurant,The Red Lobster, can be found in a wire basket loaded with these Cheddar Bay biscuits.When customers are not up to their elbows in crab shells, you’d see them solemnly tearing apart these Cheddar Bay biscuits chunk by chunk.Though the slavish devotion and culinary obsession for certain dishes continues, Cheddar Bay biscuits has an intense cult following of its own. The restaurant itself is believed to have started in the 60’s while the Cheddar Bay biscuits was an addition in the 90’s , yet these biscuits are the pride of the breadbaskets there, which basically emerged as a replacement for the hushpuppies which were not selling so hot then.More than a million Cheddar Bay biscuits are made each day, according to statistics, and it is a widely popular belief that Red Lobster restaurant is “a restaurant you order a meal solely to get the cheddar biscuits.”
School is closing in a day for the Summer Break, wanting to make something yummy when the kid comes home, I get down to making these Cheddar Bay biscuits which he seems to love.Not exactly sure how it will turn out, load the baking tray into the warm oven with a prayer on my lip, within a few minutes just like the sunlight soaking the windowsill, our home smells deliciously warm & wonderful.They turned out crispy on the outside, fluffy & soft on the inside,hastily I brushed the garlic butter glaze on the still warm biscuits & set it on the cooling rack & rushed to school to pick my kid up.On returning home, the smile on the face on opening the door, PRICELESS ! “Is it what I am thinking , it is Amma ?” he asks.Smugly, I say, “Go find out” Entering the kitchen,an excited voice says,” You are the best! Amma, I love you”.Holding back a tear, I’m rooted to the spot, it’s for moments like these, I live .
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
5 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
For the glaze :
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 clove garlic, minced
1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (230 degrees C).
2.In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of flour mixture. Add the milk and cheddar cheese; stir to combine. Drop batter by spoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.
3.Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned. While biscuits are baking mix melted butter and minced garlic. Brush garlic butter over hot baked biscuits.
Note: Next time, I might remove the biscuits from the oven in 12-13 minutes to make sure the cheese does not turn brown.
Easy & quick recipe. Pack some for your picnic baskets this summer, will keep kids happy & full, & give you sometime to bask in the sun.Enjoy!