April 1, 2014

spent grain cheddar biscuits

JD and I have been brewing our own beer for over a year now and each time, I feel so guilty tossing all of those delicious smelling grains away when we're finished with them. I had heard early on that you can use them to make just about anything, bread, pizza dough, pretzels... You get it. 

On Sunday we began our first lager, which we are both very excited about, and since there isn't much to do while waiting for the water to boil, I decided to make us a quick snack using the spent grains. I found a recipe for cheddar biscuits and decided to give it a try. 

1 cup spent grain
1 1/2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt*
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup cheddar, shredded
1 cup buttermilk, shaken

* The recipe had called for 1 teaspoon of salt and that is what I used but I feel that with the cheese, the biscuits came out a bit too salty. Next time, I would use a half teaspoon or less. It's all personal preference though, and I suppose it depends on the cheese you're using as well. 

To make:

Preheat oven to 450°F.

In a bowl, combine spent grain, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Blend in butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. The recipe I used called for cold, cubed butter, but I think it works a bit better if it's softened and they came out just fine. Stir in cheese. Add buttermilk and stir until combined. 

Grease a baking sheet or muffin pan, I ended up using both, and drop the dough into mounds. I used an ice cream scoop so they would all be about the same size. 

Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy!

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