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Hot Mustard Biscuits

These spicy biscuits go well with ham.

  • Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2001

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 small shallots, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup cold shortening
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Stir in shallots and rosemary; cook until shallots are soft, about 2 minutes. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, 4 tablespoons mustard powder, and salt. Using two knives or a pastry cutter, cut in the remaining 1/2 cup butter with dry ingredients until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. Cut in the shortening.

  3. Combine milk, grainy mustard, and shallot-and-rosemary mixture. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients, and pour in milk mixture. Slowly mix in flour mixture until all of it is incorporated. Make sure the dough is mixed well but not overworked. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Pat into a rectangular shape about 1 inch thick. Using a 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits, and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  4. Transfer to oven to bake. Combine remaining tablespoon mustard powder with honey, stirring until smooth. When biscuits are puffed up and golden brown, about 25 minutes, remove from oven, and brush with mustard glaze. Return to oven, and bake 5 minutes more. Serve hot.

Cook's Notes

When preparing them, dip the biscuit cutter in a little flour before cutting the dough to keep it from sticking. Be economical when cutting biscuits to get as many of them from the dough as possible. The dough can be reformed and patted out again, though this may toughen the biscuits.

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