Blue Cheese Biscuits
About forty bite-sized biscuits
Adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Simone Beck and Louisette BertholleThe biscuits should be cooked until the tops are nicely browned for the best flavor. These biscuits should be served the day they’re baked but the dough can be refrigerated up to three days in advance or frozen for at least two months. Child advises the biscuits can be baked and frozen, then “…reheated for 5 minutes or so in a hot oven.”
4 ounces (115g) blue cheese or Roquefort at room temperature
4 ounces (115g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons (30ml) heavy cream or sour cream
1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup (110g) flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 teaspoon red chili pepper
optional: 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
egg wash: 1 teaspoon egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water
1. In a bowl of a stand mixer, or by hand using a fork mash the cheese.
2. Mix in the butter, heavy or sour cream, and egg yolk.
3. Stir in the flour, salt, chili powder, and thyme (if using), mixing until smooth.
4. Gather the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic, and chill the dough for a few hours, until firm.
5. To bake the biscuits, preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, or use non-stick baking sheets.
6. Roll the dough on a floured surface until about 1/4-inch (1/2 cm) thick. Use a cookie cutter (mine was 1 3/4″, 5cm, but you can use other sizes) to cut the biscuits, then set them evenly spaced apart on a baking sheet. Brush the tops with a bit of egg wash.
7. Bake the biscuits for 10 to 15 minutes, rotating the baking sheets midway during baking. When the biscuits have puffed a bit and the tops are well-browned, remove them from the oven and cool the trays on a wire rack.

Note: Julia Child gives completely separate recipes in her book for biscuits made with firmer cheeses, like Gruyère and Comté, and those using very soft cheeses, like Camembert, Brie, or Liederkranz. So it’s not recommended to try this particular recipe with other cheeses.