Cheddar Biscuits

Chuck Hughes’ awesome cheddar biscuits are a taste bud pleasing substitute for dinner rolls.

Easy, Moderate, Complex

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Inactive Prep time:

Yields : 12 to 15 biscuits (depending on size)


  • 3 1/2 cup flour (875 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder (30 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (15 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne (10 ml)
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar (500 ml)
  • 2/3 cups cold butter (160 ml), cubed
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk (430 ml)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450 ˚F (230 ˚C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, cayenne, salt and pepper. 
  3. Add butter to flour mixture and crumble together until mixture resembles coarse corn meal. Add the grated cheese and give it a good mix.
  4. Add in buttermilk and stir only until combined.  Do not stir too much or it will make the biscuits too tough.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, flatten dough by hand or by rolling pin until about 1/2 inch thick – cut with 3″ cutter.  Keep reforming the dough (don’t overwork) until it is all used.
  6. Place on a baking tray covered with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until nicely golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and brush them with melted butter.  Keep warm.