Easy Cheesy Biscuits

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My children adore biscuits. They’re not fussy – they’ll go crackers for even the cheapest, most boring rich tea biscuit. Occasionally, to alleviate the sugar-related guilt, I bake a batch of these easy cheese biscuits. It’s basically a simple cheese straw recipe, but cut out into fun shapes. This is based on a recipe from my old favourite, the Be-Ro book. They’re great for after school snacking, and I’m quite partial to one washed down with a glass of wine.

Ingredients

100g self-raising flour

50g margarine

80-100g finely grated mature cheddar (depending on how much you have to spare)

I egg, beaten

a pinch each of salt and mustard powder (cayenne would work equally well)

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a baking sheet

2. Put flour, salt and mustard powder in a large bowl and mix. Add the margarine and rub it in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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3. Mix in the grated cheese and pour in enough of the egg to bring the dough together. I find about half the egg works well. If you use a table knife to stir the egg in, it helps to form a stiff dough.

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4. Roll out on a floured surface and cut into shapes with cutters. Alternatively, cut into thin strips for cheese straws. Place on baking tray and brush with the remaining beaten egg.

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5. Bake in the oven for between 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown

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