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Cheese and Mustard Baking Powder Biscuits

Whatever you serve this with, these will be the highlight.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cooking Temperature 200 C / 400 F / Gas Mark 6
Course Biscuits and Crackers, Quick Breads


  • Start the oven heating to 200 C / 400 F / Gas Mark 6
  • Mix together in a bowl all the dry ingredients: the flour, the baking powder, the mustard powder, the sugar, and the salt. Add a dash or two of pepper, if desired. Rub the butter in with your hands or a pastry cutter.
  • Stir in both cheeses (holding back a small handful of the grated cheddar), then use just enough of the buttermilk to make a dough that holds together without being wet or sticky.
  • Roll or spread the dough on a floured surface out to about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch (1.5 to 2cm.) Cut out rounds about 2 inches wide (5 cm.)
  • Put on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Mix together the 1 tablespoon of buttermilk with the mustard, and brush this over top the biscuits. Sprinkle the reserved cheddar over top. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes; they should be well-risen and golden brown. Serve warm or room temperature.


Don't use all the buttermilk if you don't have to; don't knead the dough or mix anymore than is required to get it to hold together. If you don't have a biscuit or cookie cutter, use something such as a drinking glass that will give you the right width. 4 oz / 115g of cheddar, when grated, equals 1 cup.
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