And on a lighter note… CHEESE! I thought this would be an appropriate recipe as we are in the middle of party season. These cheese stars are great for snacking, picnics or popping on the table when you have guests around for drinks. Why not pop them in a bag and tie up with gorgeous ribbon for the perfect home made gourmet gift. Warning:these biscuits are extremely moreish, you may not want to share them!
CHEESE AND ROSEMARY STARS
- 200g plain flour
- ½ tsp strong mustard powder
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 150g salted butter, chilled and cubed
- 50g finely grated mature cheddar cheese
- 50g finely grated parmesan cheese
- 3 tsp finely chopped rosemary
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp water
- 6cm star cutter (you can use another shape if you prefer)
1.) Place the flour, mustard powder and cayene pepper in a bowl and mix. Add the cubed butter and rub into the flour using your fingertips, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
2.) Stir in the grated cheddar, parmesan and rosemary. Add the egg yolk and water and use a knife to cut these into the dry ingredients until the mixture starts to clump together. Then use your hands to press the ingredients into a ball.
3.) Flatten the dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Lightly dust your work surface with flour and roll the dough out to a thickness of 3-5mm. Use a floured star cutter to cut out the stars and arrange these on the baking tray.
4.) Pop the tray in the oven for 16-18 minutes, until the biscuits are puffed up and golden. Allow to cool, then serve.