For some reason, I have been feeling very french lately. I went into the bookstore and unconsciously walked out with 3 french books - all food related, of course!!!
If you too are a bit of a francophile, I seriously recommend two of the books.
1. At my French Table- Jane Webster
2. Travelling and cooking in South-West France.
The other I haven't managed to get through yet but will update you when I do. Unfortunately it's turning out to be a bit of a dud.
At my French Table has a particularly lovely, foodie inspiring story as well as the recipes.
Anyway, they are both beautiful books filled with yummy recipes that I have been waiting to try out.
This weekend, we are at my boyfriend's family home in the country, so I love baking when I am there and it seemed the perfect opportunity try the Cheese Sables in Jane Webster's book.
The end result was a delish cheesey biscuit perfect for a savoury platter. Directions below.
Cheese Sables- makes 28 (for me it made about 20)
200g plain flour
200 g of grated cheese - either all cheddar or half cheddar/half parmesan (I stuck with cheddar and added probably another 50 g because I LOVE CHEESE but if you get experimental with your cheese types, let me know how it turns out.)
200g unsalted butter
large pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (I used about 1 teaspoon because I like a bit of bite)
squeeze of lemon juice
Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse together to form a dough.
Divide dough in half, then roll into two long sausage shapes. Wrap in plastic film and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. ( I got impatient and only left them for 1/2 an hour and they were fine- in fact, I had to cut the end bits off because they were a little bit too hard)
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
On a lightly floured surface, cut dough into 2cm thick rounds. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cheese sables will keep for up to 1 week in an airtight container.