Monday, 17 June 2013

Cheese Biscuits - Two Ways

These cheese biscuits are the easiest things you will ever bake, and they taste amazing! You can add anything to the basic recipe to spice it up - I added a fresh chilli and paprika to one batch and caramelised onions to the other, but adding chives or spring onions instead would be great too! They're great on their own, with a little butter or as crackers on a cheese board.

Ingredients for basic cheese biscuits:
55g grated cheddar, or other hard cheese
55g butter
115g plain flour
1 egg yolk
Splash of milk

For caramelised onion variation:
Oil for frying
Half of 1 red onion, thinly sliced
1tsp sugar
1tbsp balsamic vinegar

For chilli variation:
1 fresh chilli, finely chopped
1tsp paprika

Pre-heat your oven to 180c, and grease/line your baking tray(s). Put the grated cheese, butter and flour in a food processor and blitz until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Tip the mix into a bowl and add the egg yolk and a splash of milk to bring the dough into a firm but still slightly soft ball.*
Roll the the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, to the thickness of a £1 coin, and cut into biscuits with a cookie cutter, re-rolling any offcuts, until all the dough is used up. Bake for 10 minutes, until they are golden but not brown.

*For the caramelised onion variation: Heat the oil on a low heat in a small saucepan, add the sliced onion and sugar, cover and leave for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and stir in the balsamic vinegar, leave for another 5 minutes with the lid off, then remove from the heat. Knead this into the dough before rolling it out.

* For the chilli variation: Knead the chopped fresh chilli and paprika into the dough before rolling it out.

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