Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Cheesy Hearts


These bite sized cheesy hearts take minutes to make in the food processor. Ideal if you have unexpected guests calling in over Christmas for a few drinks. They are nice cold, but better warm from the oven. The recipe comes from the 'Christmas Cooking' Book by Usborne childrens books.

Ingredients
makes about 25 hearts
150g self raising flour
half a tsp of salt
75g butter or margarine
75g of cheese, finely grated (I used a bit more and used cheddar and parmesan)
1 egg and a tbsp of milk, beaten together
a heart or star shaped cutter
a greased baking tray

Method
Heat the oven to 200C.
Sift the flour and salt through a sieve. Add the butter or margarine and rub in with your fingers to make fine crumbs. (I did this in the food processor). Leave a tablespoon of the grated cheese on a saucer. Add the rest of the cheese to the bowl and stir it in. Put a tablespoon of the beaten egg and milk mixture into a cup. Mix the rest into the flour to make a dough. (Again I just added the cheese, milk and egg to the food processor and it makes a dough). 
Sprinkle flour onto a clean work surface and roll out the dough, until it is slightly thinner than your little finger. Use the cutter to cut out your shapes. Cut them close together then make the scraps into a ball and re roll. Brush the shapes with the egg mixture and sprinkle them with the rest of the cheese. 
Put the hearts onto the greased baking sheet. Bake them in the oven for eight to ten minutes, until they are golden. 

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