On a complete whim at the grocery store, I bought half a dozen jalapeño peppers. The thought even crossed my mind… I have a Serrano plant at home! Unfortunately, this plant of mine has fallen behind in producing a nice crop of peppers. Last year I was overloaded with perfect little peppers. They must need more pot ash, and maybe a tad more TLC…
The second problem was a shortage of bread. I’ve been trying to lose this darn muffin-top after our second baby, bread is a no-no. I do keep it around for sandwiches and PBB toast (that’s peanut butter banana toast, just regular toast not Elvis peanut butter and banana & bacon) for the eldest, now five years old. I decided biscuits would be the fastest thing to make to satisfy that urge to go overturn a Mrs. Baird’s truck.
While assembling the ingredients for the biscuits, the peppers sent me a message… eat me. I grabbed the fattest one from the bunch and the colby jack cheese next to it in the deli drawer of the fridge. A smirk slapped itself upon my face. Outrageous, I would have not only fresh steaming biscuits… they were going to be studded with cheese and peppers. My mouth felt like it was Niagara Falls.
I can’t tell you how good these were, you’d have to come over next time this feeling washes in. Hot steam rushes out of the tender center of the baked mound. Then there’s the outer crust, dimpled and uneven, showing glimpses of the special additions made at the last second. If I had sprinkled sea salt over top before baking, the biscuits would have to be heavily guarded by the RCMP. Next time, my pretties, next time. As they were, you can see, deliciousness.
Half of the biscuits ended up in the freezer, because this batch was way too good to let it go stale lying around waiting to be devoured. Freezing was actually mentioned in the cookbook I was using (Better Homes and Gardens) and I’ve just warmed up a couple darlin’s as a midnite snack.
Now I’ve upped the ante.
Oh look, there’s fresh strawberry-mango jam in the fridge. Jalapeño and strawberry? Hmmm… how bad could it be?! Not freaking bad at all! There’s nothing better than homemade biscuits with homemade jam. Pair it with a favorite cup of tea and you’ll have yourself a very pleasant nite.