I’m glad you made double the amount – Mark
These are so easy and quick that they’re the perfect snack to whip up for unexpected guests. And, as Cat says:
These biscuits could be really easily adapted using different types of cheese, adding flavourings like a bit of mustard/paprika/cumin or putting ‘bits’ on top like some rosemary and garlic salt. What ever you like really. They are fab with a glass of wine or with some dip.
We decided to double up the amounts (as Cat told me they keep well) and add a generous helping of cracked black pepper to ours. The heat means they are just delicious with sparkling wine.
Here’s what to do:
- 200g plain flour
- 100g butter
- 100g mature cheddar
- 2 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp cracked black pepper
- 1 tbsp milk
- Put the flour and roughly diced cold butter in the food processor and pulse until it crumbs
- Add the finely grated cheese and pepper and pulse again
- Add the yolk and pulse again. If it doesn’t come together into a dough, add the milk and pulse again until it comes together
- Knead into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes
- Roll out on a floured surface to about 5mm (they will puff up in the oven) and cut into squares (or whatever shape takes your fancy)
- Place on a greased, floured baking tray and bake at 180C (160C fan assisted) for 10-15 minutes until just golden brown
- Cool on a wire rack
We were delighted with these biscuits. The heat from the pepper comes through strongly and goes beautifully with cool cheese and bittersweet cranberry jam, but of course, it you you’re not a fan of lots of pepper, simply reduce the amount included, or cut it out all together.
So, what does Cat make of our efforts?
I’m so glad you liked them. The simplicity of the measurements means they are one of the few things I can bake without having to refer to the recipe so we make them quite often. I’ve added a variety of things over the years but haven’t tried just pepper and now you bring it up I can’t think why I haven’t done that before, it’s a great simple addition. The cranberry jam looks delicious and very Christmassy so a perfect accompaniment for this time of year.
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