#GreatBloggersBakeOff2014 Week Two: Biscuits

Monday 18 August 2014 by

Week Two: Biscuits
Gluten free salt’n’pepper cheese biscuits

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After my lofty Swiss roll ambitions, and subsequent failure, I thought I would go simple for this week’s Great Bloggers Bake Off. No 3D biscuit structures for me (that pirate island though!)

I knew I could do Florentines (they were part of the Christmas hampers last year), so to challenge myself I picked the savoury biscuit. I love rich, nutty cheeses, and so want something perfectly simple that won’t overpower the cheese (and perhaps chutney…)

Hence my super-simple salt’n’pepper cheese biscuits idea. Gluten free of course. But, being a bit of a biscuit novice, it’s not even a guarantee I could make a success of my first ever attempt at savoury crackers!

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You will need:

  • Baking tray
  • Baking parchment
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Wooden spoon

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Ingredients:

  • 115g gluten free flour blend (plain flour)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the flavour (use as much as you like, but don’t get too excited!):

  • Sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper

How to make it:

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Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a bowl, whisk together the flour blend and salt. Meanwhile, melt the butter (you can do this in a pan or in the microwave, but be gentle).

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To the flour and salt, add the oil, melted butter, honey/agave and 60ml water, and then mix together until the dough becomes a ball. If the dough seems a little dry, add a touch more water, but don’t overdo it otherwise the dough will become tough and create a tacky biscuit.

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Pat the dough in to a disk and sandwich between two sheets of baking parchment and roll until really thin (the thinner the roll the thinner the biscuit, obviously, and also less baking time needed). Most recipes I’ve found recommend about an eighth of an inch, which is around a centimetre, but I went for even thinner than that because I want a super-thin cracker.

Remove the top piece of parchment and cut in to squares or circles, and brush with water and sprinkle generously with your salt and pepper.

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Keeping them on the parchment, bake them for about 15-20 minutes until crisp and slightly puffed. However, keep a close eye, because they’re prone to be overbaked within a few seconds either way. You might also suffer from an uneven bake, so it’s worth rotating the baking tray halfway through.

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Let the crackers cool fully on the parchment before serving up.

The verdict:

I might be a biscuit-making novice, but these were a resounding success! A nice snap to them (Mary Berry would be proud), with an even balance of salt and pepper to offset the cheese perfectly. I served it up with my homemade chutney (a Hemsley & Hemsley recipe that was also a hangover from the Christmas hamper) and a Manchego, although the blue cheese lovers of the household said these gluten free goodies were ideal for a rich Saint Agur blue.

I feel buoyed up after last week’s failure that this quick, simple and bafflingly easy recipe has created something so yummy. I’m back in the Bake Off tent!

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Week Two: Success

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2 Comments

  1. Wow Fran! Amazing and so simple! I will have to give them a whirl. So pleased to know they didn’t crumble into dust!
    Hoorah for GF baking!
    Karin

  2. oooh well done Fran these look lovely and perfect for cheese. def a successful bake off week for you 🙂
    thanks for joining in x

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