Happy Friday everyone. Whilst we’re formally out of lockdown here in Wales, we thought we would still share this simple recipe in case you fancied doing a little cooking / baking at the weekend and, of course, for our English friends currently in lockdown. There is certainly a chill in the air and as the atmosphere begins to feel more festive (wishful thinking?), we love preparing these delicious cheese biscuits as we get the house ready Christmas.
We’ve adapted this recipe from the book Tanya’s Christmas which has lots of dreamy festive recipes. Perfect with a glass of wine (or bubbles if you’re feeling fancy!), these are not only super simple but also offer room for experimenting with different types of cheese (even vegan alternatives!), spices and aromas. While the ingredients can be mixed in a food processor if you’re in a rush, it’s also fun to get your children involved and, why not, pick out some fun cookie cutters to make cheese stars, hearts and Christmas trees.
Ingredients for around 25 biscuits
- 250g of grated hard cheese (we’ve used parmesan, cheddar or a mixture of the two in the past but you can certainly experiment with your favourites).
- 200g of plain flour
- 4 table spoon of baking powder
- A teaspoon of chilli flakes (go easy on these and taste as you go along if you’re cautious with spice).
- 200g of butter
- 4 egg yolks
Begin by preheating the oven to 200C° and line two baking sheets on two separate trays.
Sift the flour, baking powder, chilli flakes and any other spices you wish to add over the grated cheese. Add the butter with your fingers until the mixture is crumbly. Finally, add your egg yolks to the mixture and mix with a spoon to form a dough.
Shape the dough into a ball and dust your work-top with some extra flour. Roll out the dough to your preferred thickness (we roll ours to around 1/2cm) and cut out shapes for your biscuits to arrange on the trays you prepared earlier.
Bake the biscuits for around 10 minutes in the oven (begin to check them after 8 minutes, depending on thickness) until they’re golden brown, then remove and leave to cool.
Who’s going to try these at the weekend? Have a good one.
The Squiggles Team X