I used this recipe for inspiration to make some cheese biscuits as a gift for a friend. What piqued my interest was the Smoked Cheddar to provide the cheese flavour. I’d heard of this before, but never tried it and didn’t know if I would find it locally. I did.
It has a very strong flavour – if I were to eat it alone, I could only manage a very little bit as it is so intense. But the smokiness is wonderful. It filled the kitchen while the biscuits were baking – and no, that wasn’t smoke from burning food…
Christmas Stars(makes lots depending on cutter size used)
200g Smoked Cheddar
100g Plain Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Paprika
Oven 180*C(160*C Fan)
Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
Use the grater blade in the food processor to grate the Smoked Cheddar. Change to the S-blade. Add all remaining ingredients and whizz until the mixture forms a dough. Remove the dough from the processor bowl, shape into a ball, wrap in cling-film and refrigerate for 30 minutes – this is essential, to be able to manipulate the dough.
Remove the cling-film from the dough. Cut the dough in half. Roll the first half out to a circle, approx 1/4″ thick; and cut stars. Place on the baking sheet. Re-roll the dough and repeat until used up. Bake for approx 12 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Repeat for the second half of the dough.
The round splodge biscuit on the cooling rack = taste-test!
If you can’t find Smoked Cheddar, Extra Mature Cheddar would be good. Don’t be tempted to add any extra salt to the recipe – the Smoked Cheddar is salty enough. Don’t be tempted to overcook the biscuits – once on the cooling rack, they become very crisp. My word, these biscuits are addictive…
My Beloved thought they were great – and I made them with wholemeal flour – oops! He doesn’t know! Just a little extra fibre…
I packaged the Christmas Stars in cellophane and ribbons, and hand-printed a tag. They looked pretty and special. Christmas meals with family can be overwhelming sometimes, with so much food leftover. I intend to make another batch of these at the weekend and give them to family as early gifts to enjoy.
If you could receive any edible gift, what would it be?