Has anyone else found themselves spending a full day trying to put together an ambitiously fancy dinner party only for it all to be a little disappointing? To wonder why you didn’t just go a bit simpler? Six months ago I spent two hours putting together fiddly, fancy canapés- crositini with ridiculous things like fried sage leaves, and mini yorkshire puddings. They were met with polite compliments, but not much more. Two hours making canapés? I don’t have the time, nor the patience to spend two hours making canapés! This Christmas I decided to keep it simple. Tasty and simple.
Now, my disclaimer is that they’re not the prettiest of biscuits. Especially after you’ve added the Za’atar, but the taste is SO good that these may disappear before you get the opportunity to try one yourself. Use a star shaped cookie cutter if you have one. That’ll pretty them up. And of course, put on a sparkly dress and everyone will be looking at you, not your food!
To continue on my theme of experimenting with local ingredients, I’ve added Za’atar to these traditional sharp, cheesy biscuits. Mum used to throw these biscuits together for Christmas Eve drinks parties. You can make them several days before as they’ll last for up to a week. I promise they won’t take you more than 10 mins prep.
Za’atar Cheesy Biscuits
200g strong grated English cheddar
50g soft unsalted butter
100g self-raising flour
1 tbsp za’atar
Preheat your oven to 180°C/ gas mark 4/350°F.
Put all ingredients in a bown and mix together until a dough forms.
Bring the dough together into a ball. Wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Roll the dough out on a floured surface to half an inch thick. Use a cutter to cut out stars or rounds. Keep rolling, cutting and re-rolling until all the dough is used.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange your biscuits on top.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until the biscuits are golden. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack until cool.