Crunchy Crackers

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These are so easy to make and perfect for parties and get together’s. With a lovely dip of your choice they are perfect little nibbles.

 

Makes about 60 crackers

125g Plain Flour

125g Strong White Flour

15g Lard – melted

7g dried yeast

150ml warm water

Pinch of salt

Olive oil

 

  1. Mix flours, yeast, water & lard in a mixer bowl then add in the salt and mix until you have a smooth dough.
  2. Allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1.5 hrs – 2 hrs.
  3. Preheat oven to 210 deg on a convection bake setting.
  4. Cut the dough into 3 or 4 pieces and flatten with your hand, using a pasta maker, put through and roll until you have a very thin sheet. I used No. 1, No. 3 then No. 5 setting on my Kitchen Aid mixer pasta roller.                                                      20181030_141834
  5. Using a pizza cutter, cut into thin slices about 3″ x 1.5″, mine were all different sizes, so its really whatever size you want, but not too small or too big.                             20181030_141853
  6. Place onto a baking tray and brush each cracker with the olive oil, then bake for about 5-7 minutes or until bubbled and slightly browned.
  7. Remove and allow to cool.
  8. Serve with some yummy dips.

 

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Delicious Creamy Cheese Puff Twists!

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I had some left over Pastry and creme Fraiche……….oh what to do………Creamy Cheese Puffs….oh yes that is the answer….these are absolutely delicious! Perfect for my lazy comfort Sunday afternoon.

 

1 Roll of lighter Puff Pastry

1 tub of creme fraiche (I only used half a tub)

Grated Chedder Cheese

1 egg beaten for glazing.

 

  1. Roll out pastry sheet and brush with egg, cover half with the creme fraiche (you could of course use cream cheese too)  Make sure not to put too much in or it will run out, just a light covering. Use back of a spoon to even out.                                                                                                             20160207_151651_resized
  2. Sprinkle grated cheese on top of creme fraiche evenly.                             20160207_151750_resized
  3. Fold over the pastry to make a parcel, press down around all the edges. The cut into strips about 2.5cm wide. 20160207_152129_resized
  4. Place a baking sheet onto a baking tray and preheat oven to 180 deg.
  5. Holding both ends of the strips gently twist in opposite direction to create your twist. Lay onto baking sheet and glaze with remaining egg mixture.   Place into warm oven and bake for approx 25 minutes.                              20160207_152505_resized
  6. Make yourself a cuppa and watch the magic happen! 20160207_152925_resized
  7. Remove, allow to cool for a few minutes as they will be roasting hot in the middle. Simply Enjoy! Yummy!

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Scottish Cheeses

 

 

 

Picked up some new cheeses from the Hopetoun Farm Shop.

Orkney Smoked Red Cheddar – amazing and works well with being roasted.

Lazy Ploughmans from the Isle of Kintyre – just like the fav cheese and pickle combo, soft cheese very tasty.

A Smoked Dunlop Cheddar – lovely smoked rich taste

Cairnsmore Ewe’s Mil – very creamy, this is lovely with some caramalised onion chutney.

All served on some wholegrain crackers YUM!

 

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