One of the downfalls of having a husband that travels is learning about all these neat recipes he tries at restaurants we don't have anywhere near us. I'm pretty good at replicating a recipe I've had a few times, but trying to make something I've never had? That's a bit of a challenge! After my husband was raving about these Maple Bacon Biscuits he'd had at a Ruby Tuesday, I really wanted to try one though!
Since I don't see myself visiting one anytime soon, I did the next best thing – headed to the internet to look for copycat recipes. After reading through dozens, taking notes from the comments, and a lot of experimenting in the kitchen (for which my husband didn't mind being the taste tester for each batch at all!), he finally proclaimed this version a success!
- 5 slices bacon
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 3¼ cups flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons)
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
- ½ cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Fry the bacon and let it cool.
- Chop it into pieces and place in a bowl.
- Pour the maple syrup over the top.
- Keep the bacon grease. You might want to place it in the freezer for a few minutes to chill because you’ll need it for the biscuits.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Dice the butter into half inch cubes and add to the dry mixture, along with the chilled bacon drippings & shredded cheese
- Combine until you have a crumbly mixture. You can use your hands, a fork, or a pastry cutter. Because your hands are warm and will melt the butter, it’s often better to use a pastry cutter or a fork.
- Add the buttermilk and bacon syrup mixture. Combine.
- Now you can roll your dough onto a well floured surface and use a biscuit cutter to make your biscuits, or you can make drop biscuits.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes.
Other variations on the bacon biscuit recipe:
- Skip the syrup
- Use other kinds of cheese
- Top with 3 Tbsp melted butter, mixed with 1/2 tsp parsley (dried) & 1 tsp garlic salt
- Increase the amount of bacon
- Use candied bacon butter for the topping
- Decrease the amount of cheese
Let me know what combinations you try!
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