3 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. (1 stick/4 oz./113g) cold unsalted butter
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
6 bacon slices, finely chopped and fried until crisp
1 1/2 cups milk
Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 400ºF/200ºC. Lightly spray a biscuit pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until it resembles coarse meal. Add the cheese, chives and bacon; using a fork, stir until evenly distributed. Add the milk; using a rubber spatula, stir until just combined. Divide the dough among the wells of the prepared pan.
Bake until the biscuits are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a biscuit comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Invert the pan onto the rack and lift off the pan. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 7 biscuits.
Date: October 11, 2007