These are the best Christmas canapé. They’re light, buttery, are very cheesy and have a little hot chilli kick. These spicy biscuits always go down a storm with my guests at Christmas. They take no time at all to make and you can cut them into any shape you like. As it’s the festive season, I thought I would cut them out into stars.
140g plain flour
60g unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons dijon or English mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
Good pinch of cayenne pepper or white pepper
110g mature cheddar cheese
Large pinch of chilli flakes
1-2 tablespoons of cold water – adjust depending on consistency of the dough
Egg wash (1 egg lightly beaten)
1. Place the flour and chilled butter in a large mixing bowl. Using your fingertips, rub until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Now add the mustard, egg yolk, grated cheese, chilli flakes and the water. Mix into a soft dough. Then wrap in cling film and chill for half an hour.
2. After half an hour, preheat your oven to 180 degrees C Fan. Then lightly flour a baking tray. Lightly flour a work surface with a little flour, then roll the dough out 5mm thickness. Cut out around 24-25 stars with your cutter. Then transport these to the baking tray. Brush with some beaten egg, then I topped some of the stars with some extra chilli flakes for decoration. Then bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
3. Once cooked, allow to cool on the tray for around 5 minutes, then transport to a wire rack to finish cooling. Once cooled, serve.
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