PLASTIC FREE SNACKS – CHEESY FEET!
Finding plastic free snacks for grown-ups and kids alike is a challenge, I'm not going to lie.
There are those times in the day when you're feeling peckish, and fruit just isn't going to cut it. I'm a bit of a sugar fiend, so my go-to is usually homemade biscuits, or maybe flapjack, but I do try (I really try!) to steer the kids away from too much sugar.
This recipe ticks lots of my boxes - it's savoury, easy to make, freeze-able (I make a big batch and then freeze them once cooked), the kids actually like them, and it's plastic-free (ish)!
The recipe is from the marvellous Nigella's “Feast” book.
You don't have to make them feet shaped - use whatever cookie cutters you have, (or turn a glass upside down and use that!) but the feet make me giggle (I'm quite easily amused..
This is what you need:
I usually double this recipe and then freeze some.
- 100g cheddar cheese, coarsely grated-I use mature cheddar, but we do like strong cheese in our house!
- 50g plain flour
- 25g soft butter
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- Cookie cutter-preferably in the shape of a foot...
- Baking sheet
This is what you do:
- Put all the ingredients in a magi-mix type processor and whiz
- Keep whizzing. Don’t lose the faith, it WILL come together
- When it all starts to whiz around in a big ball, stop, take it out, and roll it into a ball. Then flatten it into more of a disc shape, and wrap it in cling film, or put into a sandwich bag (which you can then re-use!) and place in the fridge for at least an hour (I have been known to leave it overnight or even longer if I run out of time to roll them out-if you do this, then it is worth getting them out half an hour before you want to roll, otherwise it will be hard work!)
- When you are ‘ready to roll’, pre-heat your oven to 170C and line 2 baking trays-I use reusable silicon type liners, or you could of course use greaseproof (which I think can be composted?)
- Roll the dough out on a floured surface until it’s about 0.5 thick
- Use your cookie cutter to cut out your biscuits-I get about 10 from this amount of mix, but obviously it depends on the size of your cutter
- Bake for 8-10mins. I do mine for about 8mins-keep an eye on them, they can go from ‘golden’ to ‘brown’ in an instant!