Everyone gives up of term at my daughters’ kindergarten, finds us baking cheese biscuits for their festival. These are delicious, handy to make, mild flaky mouthfuls of crunch, just like cheese straws only greater fun, as you can use any formed cookie cutter you like. We have pigs, bunnies, stars, moons, hearts, fish. They are the ideal answer to the quandary of imparting a deal with a snack for college feasts and festivals, that doesn’t wreck the faculty guidelines of minimizing sugar however is nevertheless exciting for the kids. They are additionally a fundamental object at birthday parties for my children. The remaining birthday had me frantically rolling and slicing out these cheese biscuits, in between trying to get a roast lunch on the table before the afternoon party. The authentic layout had been for the kids to do all the work, to hold them entertained and gainfully employed in the lull before the party, but the birthday female was once too busy playing with her new toys and the others too busy bemoaning the reality it used to be so long earlier than their birthdays, so that I received left with the job at the closing minute!
Today though I had the 5-year-olds in charge of the cheese biscuits, kneading then rolling out and cutting out with animal-shaped cookie cutters. This nevertheless required a truthful amount of timely intervention, to get the dough to maintain collectively earlier than frustration set in and make positive my youngest obtained a threat to cut out some shapes except destroying her older sister’s carefully ordered scheme of things. I additionally had to get a batch of bread performed whilst they have been cooking, as we had finished up the final slice at lunch, but that used up the relaxation of my electricity reserves so I settled on baked potatoes as a minimal effort supper. The oven used to be on anyway for the biscuits and bread so it used to be all in the useful resource of electricity conservation…mine and the worlds in equal measure.
Here is the recipe for the cheese biscuits:
- 100g/4oz finely grated cheese
- 50g/2oz self-raising flour
- 25g/1oz soft butter
- pinch of cayenne pepper
For the cheese, you can use a mature cheddar or 80g slight cheddar with 20g parmesan cheese. Put the entirety into a bowl and rub in, squidge and knead for about 5 minutes till it comes together into a smooth dough. It will do, simply as you are about to provide up hope of it doing so unaided. Roll out the dough on a gently floured floor to about 2.5mm/ 1/8″ thick and cut into whatever fancy shapes you have cutters for. Bake at 200C/400F for 10-12 minutes until golden. Cool on a rack. This quantity disappears very quickly, even earlier than you’ve got turned your back on them sometimes, they’re very mild and moreish, so I commonly make double or triple quantities for the festivals.
The cheese biscuits go down very nicely with adults too. At the closing birthday celebration one father polished off a total plateful, as an alternative than sample the birthday cake. They would make a wonderful accompaniment to drinks before dinner. You ought to cut them into long strips and provide one twist to make them into cheese straws, then sprinkle them with greater parmesan or discover a greater state-of-the-art shape like a cookie-cutter – the famous person shapes would still be good. Mind you most laid-back adults would be simply as pleased as the youngsters to be eating pigs and bunnies!