Ham and Pepper Biscuits Recipe

Ham and Pepper Biscuits Recipe

Ingredients: Makes 30

225 g/8 oz/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
15 ml/1 tbsp baking powder

5 ml/1 tsp dried thyme
5 ml/1 tsp caster (superfine) sugar
2.5 ml/0.5 tsp ground ginger

A pinch of grated nutmeg
A pinch of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

50 g/2 oz vegetable fat (shortening)
50 g/2 oz cooked ham, minced

30 ml/2 tbsp finely chopped green (bell) pepper
175 ml/6 fl oz buttermilk

Method:

Mix together the flour, baking powder, thyme, sugar, ginger, nutmeg, bicarbonate of soda, salt and pepper. Rub in the vegetable fat until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the ham and pepper. Gradually add the buttermilk and mix to a soft dough. Knead for a few seconds on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Roll out to 2 cm or 3/4 in thick and cut into rounds with a biscuit (cookie) cutter. Place the biscuits, well apart, on a greased baking (cookie) sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 220C/425F/gas mark 7 for 12 minutes until puffed and golden.

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