Dating couples may have dinner dates, but longtime couples know that the most romantic meal is actually breakfast. Whether served in bed, or at a table for two in a sunny nook, these heart-shaped Breakfast Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuits may not be healthy. But they certainly say “I love you.” (And: “I don’t mind if you’re a few pounds heavier than when we first met.”)
Total time: 45 Min
Nutrition:Serving size: 1
4 cups flour
1 ½ Tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, very cold, cut into pats
2 cups buttermilk, very cold
Other sandwich ingredients:
2 teaspoons butter for cooking eggs in pan
2 slices bacon
2 slices cheddar or other semi hard cheese
2 teaspoons of either hot pepper jelly or salsa for condiment.
First, make biscuits:
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into mixer bowl of stand mixer. Add chopped butter. Using beater attachment, beat on low speed until butter is incorporated into flour. Don’t over-beat. Mixture should look like flour-coated flakes of butter. While beater is still running, slowly pour in butter milk. Mix to incorporate, again being careful not to over-beat. Dough should be sticky and shaggy. Add chopped chives and beat minimally until chives are mixed throughout.
Refrigerate dough for 1 half hour to chill.
Turn dough out onto floured work surface. Roll out mass to 1/2 inch thickness. Fold over on itself four or five times, and roll out again until dough is about 3/4 inch thick. Use heart-shaped biscuit cutter to cut into biscuits. (You can freeze any extra, unbaked biscuits for later use.)
Place cut biscuits on ungreased, unlined cookie sheet. We prefer to have ours nearly touching. It helps them rise higher. But if you like crispier sides, keep them about 2 inches apart. Brush the tops with more buttermilk, and place in oven. Immediately turn oven down to 325F. Bake approximately 20 minutes, but begin checking them for done-ness at about 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400F. Twist bacon strips in middle, and fold into heart shape. Place on roasting pan with rack. Cook in oven for 15-20 minutes until done.
Cut cheese into hearts using cookie cutter
Place 2 teaspoons butter in pan over medium heat. Butter sides of heart-shaped metal cookie cutter. (Do not use plastic, or cutter with plastic handle.) Place cookie cutter in pan. Crack egg and empty into cookie cuter. Keep heat moderately low. Place lid on pan to help cook top of egg. Check for done-ness often. To speed cooking, occasionally spoon butter melted in pan over top of egg.
Assemble ingredients into a sandwich, using a small amount of salsa or hot pepper jelly as condiment.