Bacon and Jalapeño Biscuits Recipe

Bacon and Jalapeño Biscuits Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (240g) All-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5g) Salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) Cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) Milk
  • 1/2 cup (about 50g) Cooked bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) Jalapeños, finely chopped (seeds removed for less heat)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup (50g) grated cheddar cheese for extra flavor

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven: Heat your oven to 425°F (220°C). This temperature is ideal for achieving a good rise and golden crust.
  2. Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
    • Flour: Base for structure and gluten formation.
    • Baking Powder: A leavening agent that releases CO₂ when wet and when heated.
    • Sugar: Enhances flavor and helps in browning.
    • Salt: Flavor enhancer.
  3. Incorporate Butter: Add cold butter to the flour mixture and blend until it resembles coarse crumbs.
    • Cold Butter: Essential for creating steam during baking, which leads to flakiness.
  4. Add Flavorings: Mix in the chopped bacon and jalapeños (and cheese if using).
    • Bacon: Adds a savory, smoky flavor.
    • Jalapeños: Provide a spicy kick.
    • Cheese (Optional): Adds a rich, savory depth.
  5. Combine with Milk: Pour in milk and stir until just combined to keep the dough tender.
    • Milk: Hydrates the flour and activates the baking powder.
  6. Form Biscuits: Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a lined baking sheet. No need to knead or roll.
    • Minimal handling prevents excess gluten formation for tender biscuits.
  7. Bake: Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.
    • High heat causes rapid rising and browning due to the Maillard reaction.
  8. Cool and Serve: Let them cool slightly before serving.

Scientific Explanations

  • Oven Temperature: The high temperature is crucial for rapid gas expansion, contributing to the rise and flakiness of the biscuits.
  • Cold Butter: It’s important to use cold butter so that it remains solid until baking. As it melts, it creates steam, which helps in forming flaky layers.
  • Minimal Dough Handling: Ensures limited gluten development, which is key for keeping biscuits tender.
  • Baking Powder: Acts as a leavening agent, releasing CO₂ both when moistened and when heated, aiding in the rise of the biscuits.
  • Bacon and Jalapeños: These add a complex flavor profile – the bacon provides a smoky, savory taste, and the jalapeños add a spicy note.

This recipe combines the savory flavors of bacon and jalapeños with the tender, flaky texture of classic biscuits, making it an excellent choice for breakfast or as a side dish. The scientific explanations help in understanding the role of each ingredient and the importance of each step in achieving the perfect texture and flavor.

John Nguyen
John Nguyen
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