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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cheesy biscuits

You may be a little surprised to find these biscuits here, considering the ingredients, but they are a fine way to use up ends of cheese. Top of the canon of extravagent cookery comes Mrs Beeton - take a dozen eggs and all that. Nigella comes a close second, and this is based on a recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess. Hers involved blue cheese and blue cornmeal, but we don't bother with that showy-offy palaver here - and, anyway, why on earth would you want to eat blue biscuits?

Cheesy biscuits
makes about 30 bite-sized biscuits to serve before dinner

175g cheese, whatever you've got, mixed if you like
100g soft butter
1 egg
125g plain flour
50g cornmeal (polenta)

Whizz the cheese, butter and egg, then add the flours. This is essentially a pastry, so don't overmix, but draw it into a ball. You can rest it for half an hour in the fridge at this point, but I prefer to roll it out while it's soft, cut the shapes and then give it half an hour in the fridge.

I used half this mixture immediately. The other half was rolled into a cylinder and kept for a few days in the fridge wrapped in clingfilm. You can see that the lozenge-shaped biscuits have a slightly different texture - that's because I cut them straight from the log in the fridge ... quick and effective, but not so pretty.


Jules said...

I've been looking for a recipe like this for a while, and these look so delicious. I'll certianly have to give them a try.

Joanna said...

They're very good-tempered - I tried making the twists on the spur of the moment with a few ends, and they stayed in shape, none of that running all over the baking tray. And they taste different every time you make them with different combinations of cheese


Abitofafoodie said...

I've always got silly little bits of cheese that need using up - this is a great way to do so. Thank you for the idea!
I love the stars!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Actually Joanna the blue corn meal is very nice but then so is polenta! These look very professional.

Joanna said...

Tanna - I had no idea blue corn was something you could easily find in the States (you say tom-ay-to and I say tom-aa-to) ... I wouldn't know where to start looking here, and then the whole lot would go off because these biscuits are not exactly an everyday staple of this house ;)

Years ago, I grew some blue potatoes, which intrigued the children, but once was enough