I have a lovely treat for you today. Even better if it’s raining and you want to warm your house with the beautiful smell of baking whilst you ponder the rest of the afternoon. I think my guy and I will be spending some quality time with the couch, the heater and a tray of these Parmesan, Chili & Thyme Biscuits whilst he watches his Sunday fishing programs.
I might even survive River Monsters this time round… Actually, I secretly love that show. I find it quite informative to know exactly where I should and shouldn’t be swimming when I go abroad. Basically don’t swim anywhere after watching that show…
These lovely Parmesan biscuits are adapted from the BBC & Rick Stein’s Fresh Food. Original link can be found here As usual, I’ve decided to spice things up a little bit, with the addition of chili and thyme.
Time: 30 mins, yield 35 or so
125g chilled butter, cut into cubes
125g plain flour
25g fresh Parmesan
10g dried Parmesan,
Salt & pepper,
2 chillies chopped very fine & deseeded if you prefer, (omit freely!!!)
Thyme or your herb of choice (eg, chives would be lovely)
Mixing bowl, measuring cups or scales, rolling pin, cookie cutters, baking paper & trays,
Preheat oven to 180C (356 F) and lay some baking paper on the baking trays.
Combine the butter and flour in a large mixing bowl.
You can use a food processor to pulse the butter into the flour until it resembles crumbs, or mix by hand. I’ll be mixing by hand today as its a rainy Sunday and I’m taking some pleasure in just creating something lovely.
If it were mid week though, I’d be on the speedy option for sure…
Measure both the fresh & dried Parmesan, add the chopped chillies and thyme from the sprigs, along with pinch of salt and pepper too.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter & flour and mix to form a smooth dough. Work lightly and quickly to bring to a ball shape.
Sandwich the dough between two layers of baking paper & roll out until an even thickness, mine were just under half a cm,
Using the cookie cutter, stamp out the shapes and lay onto the baking trays, repeat and continue to roll until all the dough is cut.
Bake in the oven for 8-10 mins until golden brown, remove and set on a rack to cool.
Finally get a cuppa, grab a plate and put your feet up whilst you enjoy those biscuits, (you deserve it!)