It’s back-to-school time here and my kids have completed their first week! Have yours? This year I am making it a goal to make homemade lunches four times a week. Sometimes it can be inconvenient to make homemade lunches (especially for five kids!) but I think the cost and health benefits outweigh the inconvenience. What prompted me to make these homemade ham and cheese biscuits was when I looked at the ingredient list of the cheese pizza for school lunch the other day. Just the crust alone had 29 ingredients!!
Lunch can get monotonous with ham sandwiches every day so I wanted to switch it up a bit and make homemade ham and cheese buttermilk biscuits. There’s only seven ingredients in this dough: AE lowfat buttermilk, white flour, whole wheat flour, butter, baking powder, sugar and salt.
There are many biscuit recipes out there and some people swear by certain ingredients, but I wanted a simple recipe that could easily hold the ham and cheese filling (and I always like to add a little whole wheat flour in when I can).
A few tips:
You can make larger biscuits, you will just have less of them.
Be sure to fill your biscuits with as much ham and cheese as you can while still being able to close them.
You can make these ahead of time and keep in the fridge or freezer.
Feel free to add different meats and cheeses!
Try a gluten free flour!
Speaking of school lunch, AE Dairy is a nostalgic brand from my childhood and has been around since the 1930’s in Des Moines. It’s always been a family-owned company and has been passed down through the generations. Growing up we always had AE chocolate and white milk in school. (The chocolate milk always sold out!) The chocolate milk is so good because AE Dairy has always used European cocoas. Their milk doesn’t contain added hormones, antibiotics or pesticides and it doesn’t contain High Fructose Corn Syrup. AE Chocolate Milk is also an excellent source of protein so it’s the perfect addition to any lunch box to help tide kids over until they get home from school.
How do you add AE Dairy to your lunch box? Also try AE French Onion dip instead of ranch with carrots. YUM!
- 1¼ cups white flour
- ¾ cups whole wheat flour
- 1 Tbls baking powder
- 1 Tbls sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 6 Tbls cold butter
- ¾ cup AE Lowfat Buttermilk (or any AE Dairy milk will work)
- Ham (any kind)
- Cheese (any kind)
- In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and mix with a fork.
- Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the dry ingredients and mix with your hands.
- Pour in the buttermilk and stir with a fork until just combined (do not overmix)
- Roll the dough into a ball and transfer to a floured surface. Pat the dough to about ½ inch thick and fold in half. Repeat.
- Place a towel over the dough and let rest for 30 minutes (you could also let rest overnight)
- Preheat oven to 425
- Using a small glass jar or a cookie cutter, cut 16 dough circles (you may have more or less circles based on the size of your glass)
- Lay half of the circles on a nonstick baking sheet and top with ham and cheese.
- Top with another dough circle and pinch the edges together.
- Bake for 12 minutes
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AE Dairy. The opinions and text are all mine.