4oz plain flour
4 oz cold butter
4 oz grated mature cheddar (or any cheese really)
Quarter tsp. cayenne pepper
1 egg yolk
Pre-heat the oven to gas 7, 425 F 220 C.
Throw all the ingredientsapart from the egg yolk into a food processor bowl with the metal bald and process on full until the mixture has formed crumbes.
Add the egg yolk and process into a ball of dough.
Turn out onto a floured surface and roll out to about half a centimetre thick.
Cut into whatever shape you please. I usually do simple circles but at Christmas, stars are nice, not too big as they are supposed to be dainty.
Place ‘biscuits’ on a couple of greased trays and bake for about 6 – 7 minutes. They shouldn’t be too brown but they do need to be crisp in the middle. If you take them out and cool them and then find they are not crispy enough, it’s fine to pop them back in the oven for a few more minutes.
This recipe made 61 stars about 4.5cm from point to point.