Author Jean Morrison
Cheese and Rosemary Biscuits
These biscuits are made in a food processor. The recipe makes heaps. They are good to eat as is or for dipping. If you don't like rosemary then you can swap it for a different herb.
10 minutes plus one hour standing time
Cooking time: 15 - 20 minutes
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100 gm butter or margarine, diced
100 gm parmesan cheese, grated
3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup self raising flour
Few sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped roughly
1 tablespoon of milk
Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until the mixture comes together as a firm dough.
On a very lightly floured surface, shape the dough into a roll that is 26 cm long and 4 cm in diameter.
Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge to firm up for an hour.
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit).
Slice thinly into 4 - 5 mm thick slices.
Place on baking trays and cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown.
My food processor is not a particularly good one and I find it won't bring the mixture to the dough stage by itself so I have to remove the mixture from the machine and knead it together in a bowl by hand. This only takes about a minute and a half.
Cheese is extremely popular due to its variety of tastes and textures. Some cheeses like feta and mozzarella are mostly used in salads or on pizzas. Other cheeses, both hard and soft are perfect for cheese boards where their flavours can be truly appreciated. Cheeses contain valuable amounts of protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals but some cheeses, particularly hard ones, are high in saturated fat. Cheeses fall into two categories - hard and unripened. Hard cheeses are generally matured for many months and their flavours develop over this time. Examples of hard cheeses are cheddar, Parmesan, goat's cheese, haloumi, Feta and mozzarella. Unripened cheeses are young and immature and they have a light, mild taste. Examples are ricotta, cottage, fromage frais, quark and cream cheese. Enjoy cheese but be aware of the fat content and the amount you consume.
Rosemary is an ever green herb native to the Mediterranean area. It has needle like leaves that are very aromatic. It is used in meat dishes, most especially with lamb. Rosemary is very high in iron, calcium and vitamin B6. Rosemary is said to improve the memory and is used as a symbol or remembrance. It is also useful in the prevention and treatment of head lice.
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