Cravings are an evil, evil thing.
Picture this. You’re sitting on the coach, minding your own business (read: trying your hardest not to watch the entire season of House of Cards in one go) when, coming from nowhere, the idea of crunchy, crumbly cheese biscuits pops up into your mind.
You try to push it away, but there’s nothing to be done. Before you know it, you find yourself rummaging through your kitchen cupboards, hoping you have all the ingredients to make your craving dreams come true.
If you’re lucky, you’ll avoid the late-night visit to your closest Tesco Express to pick up the missing bits. Otherwise… well, you’ll just have to go, won’t you?
Then it’s time to get measuring, mixing, and baking, peering through the oven door and wishing the time to pass quicker so you can -finally- get your hands on those long anticipated cheese biscuits.
That’s the thing about cravings: they make you do crazy things. Like a supermarket run / baking session in the middle of the night.
But after that first crumbly cheese biscuit bite, you can’t help but think that it was all worth it.
You know what they say… Sweet dreams are made of cheese!
- 85g of grated cheese (I used 60g parmesan + 25g cheddar, but you can substitute for any hard cheese you like/happen to have in the fridge)
- 25g unsalted butter (soft)
- 50g plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1-2 tsp milk (if necessary)
- Place all ingredients (without any milk) in a bowl. Using a fork or a standing mixer, mix well until they form a rough dough.
- If the mix is too dry to combine into a dough, add a little bit of milk.
- Shape the dough into a long cylinder, wrap it in cling film and refrigerate for at least 1h.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 6).
- Line an oven tray with baking paper.
- Cut the dough into thin slices (about 1/2 cm / 1/4in) and place them on the lined oven tray.
- Bake for 15-20 min or until the biscuits are golden. Take out of the oven, let the biscuits cool down on the tray for 5min, then transfer to a cooling rack. Repeat until you run out of dough.