Pale Ale Biscuits with Cheddar and Chives

Makes 18

2 ½ cup self-rising flour
1 TBLS sugar
¼ cup (1/2 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces
4 TBLS cold solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 TBLS shipped fresh chives
1 cup India Pale Ale Beer

Preheat oven to 450 F. Cover large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In large bowl, combine flour and sugar; whisk to blend well. Add butter, shortening and cheese; cut in with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in chives.

Gradually stir in India Pale Ale Beer with fork until a soft, sticky dough forms. Place dough on floured surface and knead four or five times, just until dough comes together. Roll into 9 x 6 inch rectangle; fold into thirds and pat or roll dough until ½ inch thick.

Using a floured 2 ½ inch round cutter, cut out biscuits. Gather loose scraps of dough and re-roll until all dough is used. Place biscuits on prepared baking sheet.

Place in hot oven and bake 12 – 14 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information, Per Serving:
130 calories; 7 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 14 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 3 g protein; 1 g sugar

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