Bread Baking: Cheddar and Scallion Biscuits Recipe

Bread Baking: Cheddar and Scallion Biscuits Recipe

[Photograph: Donna Currie]

It doesn't matter what you call them. Scallions, spring onions, green onions—the skinny guys with green shoots start looking really good when spring is springing. Fluffy spring lettuce and asparagus are also harbingers of the season, but those onions deserve just as much glory.

When my dad would plant onions in his garden, he'd thin out the plants as the season progressed to make room for the growing bulbs. First he'd harvest some when they were young and skinny, then there would be some with small bulbs on the bottom. And later, we'd have full-sized onions.

I love onions in just about every form, but with the skinny green onions, I'm just as anxious to make use of the green tops as I am the white part. If you can't find green onions, chives would work just as well in these biscuits.

  • Yield:Makes 18 medium biscuits
  • Active time: 25 minutes
  • Total time:45 minutes


  • 9 ounces (about 1 3/4 cups) all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • Green part of 1 scallion, sliced thin
  • 1 cup milk


  1. 1.

    Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. In a medium bowl. combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, Whisk to combine. Cut the butter into several pieces and add it to the flour, With your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until you have very small pieces throughout. Add the cheese and scallion, and stir to distribute. Add the milk and stir to combine.

  2. 2.

    Flour your work surface lightly. Remove the dough from the bowl, put it on your floured surface, and pat it into a rough square about 9 inches across. Fold the dough in thirds, like a letter, pat it down again until it's about an inch thick, turn it 90°, and fold in thirds again.

  3. 3.

    Dust your work surface with flour again, if needed, and roll the dough to a thickness of 1/2 to 3/4 inches. Using a biscuit cutter or other similar tool, cut circles from the dough and place them on your prepared baking sheet.

  4. 4.

    Re-roll the scraps. You'll get a better rise out of the next batch of biscuits if you keep the dough oriented the same way instead of rolling it up or smashing it together. The folding in the previous steps has created horizontal layers that cause the biscuits to rise, just like the layers in pastry crust or puff pastry. So, when you combine the scraps, keep the horizontal layers horizontal as much as possible. Cut more biscuit from the rerolled biscuit dough. If you don't want to end up with even more scraps, consider cutting the second batch into squares instead of rounds.

  5. 5.

    Rather than rolling the scraps a third time, you can make a few hand-formed biscuits from whatever is left after the second batch is cut They won't be pretty, but they're fine as samples for the cook.

  6. 6.

    Brush the tops of the biscuits with milk or melted butter, if desired, and bake at 400°F until lightly browned, about 20 minutes