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Very Easy Cheddar Biscuits

I have raved about how easy David Herbert’s recipes are before and these Cheddar Biscuits are no exception.

I whipped up a batch of these savoury little treats for a recent Red Wine Club meeting. These biscuits are perfect for after works drinks, as you can pre-prepare the mixture, freeze it as a log and then cut off slices and bake as you require – very 1950s domestic goddess. All you need is a drinks trolley stocked with gin and green olives to complete the scene.

This recipe comes from ‘The Really Useful Cookbook’

Ingredients

  • 200g plain flour, sifted
  • 175g unsalted butter, chilled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chives (or baby leeks if you happen to pick the wrong herbs in the dark like me!)
  • 50g freshly grated parmesan
  • 125g cheddar, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt (I like Mount Zero Pink Lake Salt if you can find it)

Method

  1. Place the flour, butter, cheddar, parmesan, lemon juice, chives and salt in a food processor and process until the mixture comes together in a ball.
  2. Place the mixture on a large sheet of baking paper, then roll into a log about 30cm long with a 5cm diameter. Twist the ends to seal. Chill for about 3o minutes.
  3. Chill for 30 minutes, then remove from the fridge and roll the log on the bench top a few times to refine the cylinder shape. (I forgot this step and my biscuits still turned out fine – although a little more rustic and oblong looking).
  4. Return to the fridge for at least 2 hours, until the mixture has set very firm.
  5. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius and line a baking paper with baking paper.
  6. Unwrap the chilled, set dough log and cut into thin (3-4 millimetre) slices. Place slices on the prepared baking trays and bake for 1o to 15 minutes, until the biscuits are just starting to turn golden brown around the edges. (I found 12 minutes was the perfect baking time in my electric, fan forced oven).
  7. Cool on the baking baking tray for 2 to 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Enjoy the finished product with your favorite tipple. Great with a cold cider or beer.

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