Parmesan Biscuit Braids
Cheesy biscuit braids are easy to make and you only need a few ingredients. Yet they look deceptively fancy!
If you have kitchen helpers around, I'd give them the braiding task. It's a great way to keep fingers busy, while you're trying to prep the rest of dinner. Once they're braided, pop them in the oven and they'll be ready in 10 minutes!
One of my favorite things about this recipe is how it is so easily adaptable. For example, instead of using Parmesan, you can change up the flavor profile by substituting your favorite cheese. I can vouch for Romano and cheddar cheese. I even like to add in some bacon bits to my cheddar cheese ones.
Parmesan Biscuit Braids
- 2 cups all purpose flour, plus a few Tbsps more for dusting and rolling
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 5 Tbsp cold butter, cut into small cubes
- 1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 cup whole milk
- Pre-heat oven to 400F.
- In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Add in the cold, cubed butter. Use your fingers to pinch the butter and flour mixture together until the cubes are the size of peas.
- Stir in the shredded parmesan cheese and then pour in the milk. Stir together until the dough just forms.
- On a clean work surface, sprinkle some flour and set the dough ball in the center. Sprinkle it with a bit more flour. Roll out the dough into a 12 x 12 square.
- Slice the square in half horizontally. Then cut 24 equal strips, by making 12 cuts that start at the top of the top rectangle and pass through the horizontal cut to the bottom rectangle. Each strip should be 6 inches in length.
- Gather 3 strips and pinch together at the top. Braid the dough. Start by taking the section on the right and cross it over the center. Next take the section on the left and cross it over the new center strip. Continue braiding until you run out of length then pinch together at the bottom. Braid the remaining strips.
- Arrange the braids on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown.
- For a similar flavor, you can substitute romano cheese for the parmesan. Cheddar cheese will also work in this recipe.
- Use a pizza cutter to cut your dough strips.
- If the dough doesn't want to pinch together, add a drop or two of water to make them stick.