Cheddar Biscuits with Fried Egg and Ham

I have a thing about brunch.  It just seems so cosmopolitan.  So decadent.  So grown up.

And with this week being Spring Break I decided it was a good week to celebrate this love.  So, brunch is planned for every morning.

Today it was Cheddar Biscuits with Fried Eggs, Ham and Brown Butter. 

Perfect Brunch Sandwich

Grown up fried egg sandwiches.  A sure winner!

This is not something to choose for the first day of a diet.  The biscuits are light, but the browned butter used to fry the eggs and drizzled over the eggs and ham before serving is hardly diet food.

But it tastes really good!

It is another biscuit recipe for me too, which is always good.  It struck me as a bit strange in that you have to cut out four rounds then lightly press two back together again to bake, but it ends with a deliciously light biscuit that is easy to slice in half while still hot, without crumbs everywhere.  I have no cutters here so used the top of a glass which as always worked out perfectly.

We didn’t have any scallions, but I just know that they would add something extra to this and as soon as I can get scallions I will be making this again.

Cheddar Biscuits with Fried Eggs, Ham and Brown Butter

• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon cold butter, cut into bits
• 2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
• 2 tablespoons milk

In a bowl sift together the flour, baking powder salt.

Cut in the butter, until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Stir in the cheese and then add the milk, stirring, to form a soft sticky dough.

On a floured surface pat the dough out into a 6-inch square and cut out 4 rounds with a 2 3/4-inch round cutter dipped in flour.

Put 2 of the rounds on top of the remaining 2 rounds, press them together gently, and bake the biscuits on a buttered baking sheet in the middle of a preheated 425°F (220°C). oven for 15 minutes or until they are pale golden.

Makes 2 large biscuits.

Cheddar Biscuits

Ham and Eggs:
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 2 large eggs
• 2 slices cooked ham
• Sliced green onions

While the biscuits are baking, in a large skillet heat the butter over moderate heat, swirling the skillet, until it just begins to turn golden brown, slide the eggs carefully into the skillet, and cook them, basting them with the butter, until the yolks are just set and the whites are slightly crisp around the edges.

Halve the biscuits horizontally, arrange a ham slice, folding it, on each lower half, and top it with an egg.

Drizzle the butter over the eggs, sprinkle the eggs with the chopped green onion, and top them with the upper biscuit halves.

Serve hot.  Makes 2 servings.