“Buttermilk biscuits meet Parker House rolls in this pull-apart, spicy-sweet recipe. Strewn with bacon, herbs, and cheddar, make these for breakfast, brunch, or dinner, and serve with maple butter, if desired.”
1⁄4 lb about 4 thick slices bacon, coarsely chopped
4 cupsall-purpose flour, plus additional for surface and cutting dough
Add bacon to a medium skillet and place over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until bacon is crispy and fat is rendered, about 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Brush a 9” x 13” quarter sheet pan with bacon fat from the skillet and line with parchment paper. Brush parchment with additional bacon fat and set aside. Reserve remaining bacon fat.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cayenne, and salt. Add butter and using a pastry blender or two knifes, cut butter into flour until butter is pea-sized. Using your hands, begin to work the mixture with the tips of your fingers, breaking up the butter into smaller pieces and incorporating the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add cheddar, chives, thyme, and bacon and mix to distribute.
Combine buttermilk, 1 tablespoon reserved bacon fat, and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just incorporated. Turn mixture out on a lightly floured surface and knead 2-3 times until dough sticks together. Do not overwork.
Pat into a 7” x 11” rectangle, about 1” thick, using flour under surface to prevent sticking as necessary. Using a floured knife, cut into 12 squares, three by four. Transfer to prepared sheet pan, spacing squares closely together but not touching.
Combine 1 tablespoon reserved bacon fat with remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Brush tops with mixture and sprinkle with Maldon salt and black pepper. Transfer to oven and bake until tops are golden brown and biscuits are just baked through, about 25-30 minutes. Tent with foil during baking if tops are too brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.