Friday, March 26, 2010

cheesy cheddar bites

So my husband asked for a savoury snack tonight. I think those caramel cookies took their toll! I found this recipe i had for cheesy cheddar bites, and remember them being quite delicious!
Simple and easy to make to boot!

2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. white ground pepper (optional)
1/2 cup cold salted butter, cut into small pieces
300 grated cheese, i used cheddar
Extra water

Rub the butter into the flour, salt and pepper.
Add grated cheese and coat completely with the flour mixture.
Slowly add water until the mix is dough like, kneading to mix.
Mould dough into a large disc and wrap in plastic, and chill for 30 minutes or overnight.
Chilling the dough gives the flour/gluten time to rest and reform, and to firm up the butter for a puffier biscuit!
Roll the dough out to 5mm thickness on greaseproof paper, rolls out sort of like pizza dough.
Roll the dough thicker and they will be a softer biscuit, roll the dough thinner and they will be crunchier =)
Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut 1 inch squares, then bake at 180°C/350°F for 15-20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown..

Remove from oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.

I tend to bake off as many as i need for the day and keep the dough in the fridge. These are best eaten fresh as they can go soft even in an airtight container.

I've added mozarella or parmesan, you can pretty much make these cheesy treats any flavour you desire cheesewise! I made triangles this time, for quick munching purposes, but little rounds go nice also, Happy snacking =)

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