When you go about baking biscuits, beer is a great addition. Not only because beer is fantastic will every possible edible substance, but because the the carbonation is an amazing leavening agent that lends itself well to culinary beer usage.
For this recipe I used a Orange Wheat beer from Hanger 24, a Southern California based brewery. The beer was beautiful and the flavors where perfect for these biscuits. When I pick up a beer with fruit on the label, I am initially a touch apprehensive. I wait for the possibility of a Hard Cider like taste with the hesitation of a contused prostitute, before taking a sip. I am HAPPY to report that the natural orange was perfectly subtle and a well balanced citrus flavors, with a clean, crisp finish.
Even after cooking, the flavors stayed intact and complimented the white cheddar beautifully.
I also used Kerrygold cheese, although this has nothing to do with Oktoberfest, it’s just really great cheddar. The flavors are perfect for this recipe.
Cheddar Beer Biscuits
2 cups of flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar
1 stick (8 tbs) butter, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup craft wheat beer (Orange Wheat from Hanger 24 preferred)
1/2 cup white cheddar (Kerrygold reserve preferred)
Preheat oven to 350.
Put the flour, salt, pepper, baking powder, baking soda and sugar in your food processor and pulse until combined. Add your butter cubes and process until the butter is evenly distributed, about 1-2 minutes.
Move to a bowl and add the cheese and beer and stir until combined.
Dump the dough onto a floured surface. Squish together with your hands to form a ball and then flatten into a rectangle about 6 inches wide and 10 inches long and 2 inches high. Use a sharp knife to cut the biscuits into squares.
You can make them as big or small as you want, but this recipe will make 6-8 average sized biscuits.
Place the biscuits on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle the top with a bit of sea salt and pepper.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until light golden brown.