Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Savoury Cheese Biscuits

So I have just moved apartment and had to bake something in order to try out the new oven. It seems to be a good one. And in order to not break the once-a-week baking wall I decided to do something savoury, because the rule really only applies to sweet things. But that is really just a huge excuse, it's not like these biscuits were healthy. Sure they have no sugar, but they do have a huge amoung of butter and cheese. So they should still be a sometimes-food and really are not to be eaten as easily as crackers. Of course they are actually really delicious and easy to eat so it's really hard to remember to stop eating them. Especially if there is a nice salsa to dip them in. Or if you just feel like eating. When I was much younger and taking over the cooking of Christmas dinner I had a Christmas themed cookbook and one of the snacks were cheese biscuits shaped like stars. They were a big hit, but this is not that recipe. That recipe is somewhere in NZ, hopefully in storage but maybe lost forever. Instead I had a look on google and in some other recipe books and put this one together, and then just fiddled with it until the consistency was right. I have noticed though that I am doing a huge amount of baking lately, and should probably be cooking more healthy food to write about because I do like to encourage people to eat vegetables. So I will work on that but I just have such a love of baking, I can't seem to stop!

Cheese Biscuits
(this is a really simple recipe by the way)

200 grams grated cheddar cheese
300 grams (2 cups) plain flour
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
150 grams butter
2 egg yolks

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and have a biscuit tray ready. In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients with the cheese, then chop the butter into cubes and rub into the mixture until it is like bread crumbs. You may need a little more flour, two cups is roughly 300 grams but it depends sometimes. If the mixture is already like dough after the butter then you need more flour. It should be crumbly.

Now in order to make the mixture into a dough add the egg yolks and mix until it everything comes together nicely. If it seems too dry or crumbly you can of course add a little milk and if it is too wet add a little more flour. Then you need to sprinkle flour on  your nice clean bench so that you can roll the dough out, to about 5 mm thick. Then cut it into rectangles or use a cookie cutter to make shapes (like stars, or even better starfish).

Place your biscuits on a tray and bake for 15 minutes. This recipe should make loads, I think I made three and a half trays of biscuits, though perhaps not as many fit as usual due to the star shape. They were devoured pretty promptly, so I guess they must have been pretty good.

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