Grill Hills: Make your own crackers
Hilary Biller shows you how to make easy crackers for your cheese board
I'm planning a cheese and wine party for an anniversary celebration. Please could you share some recipes for savoury biscuits?- Delia Bannister, Kloof
What is a lump of cheese without a biscuit? Savoury biscuits don't involve long lists of ingredients or fancy equipment - just a pair of willing hands. These four recipes give variety in taste, texture and appearance.
Makes about 36
125g parmesan, freshly grated
100g cake flour
Zest of 1 lemon
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
65g butter, cubed
Juice of a lemon
30ml (2 tbsp) water
Combine the parmesan, flour, lemon zest and black pepper in a bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the lemon juice and water and mix to form a soft dough. Roll into a sausage shape about 28cm long. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm enough to slice. Cut the dough into 6mm-thick slices and arrange well apart on greased or sprayed baking trays. Bake in a preheated oven at 190°C for 10 minutes. Remove and cool on wire racks.
Makes about 12
125g parmesan, finely grated
1 small red chilli, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Toss the parmesan and chilli together and spoon small mounds onto the paper at regular intervals, then flatten with the back of a spoon. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for 3-6 minutes until melted and golden. Carefully remove from the paper while still warm and cool on wire racks.
Makes about 60
100g ( cup) soft brown sugar
185ml ( cup) butter, softened
1 extra-large egg
5ml (1 tsp) vanilla essence
250ml (1 cup) sesame seeds, toasted
200g cake flour, sifted
2.5ml ( tsp) baking powder
5ml (1 tsp) salt
Cream together the sugar, butter, egg and vanilla essence. Stir in the sesame seeds, flour, baking powder and salt. Drop half-teaspoonfuls of the dough well apart on greased or sprayed baking trays, allowing room for spreading. Bake in a preheated oven at 190°C for 10 minutes. Remove from the trays and cool on wire racks.
Makes about 18
185g raw oats
185g self-raising flour
2.5ml ( tsp) salt
50g ( cup) caster sugar
Process the oats finely in a blender or food processor and mix with the flour, salt and sugar. Rub in the butter. Add the milk and mix to form a stiff dough. Roll out thinly and cut into 6cm rounds. Place well apart on greased or sprayed baking trays and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 15 minutes. Remove and cool on wire racks.