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Nothing shows you care quite like homemade gifts. These Parmesan biscuits are easy to make and a great gift for any occasion, especially during Christmas. They're full of cheesy flavour and have a crunchy bite to them
- 100g plain flour
- 100g unsalted butter
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 100g Parmesan, finely grated
- 1 med egg, beaten, for glaze
- 1tbsp poppy seeds
- 1tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 baking sheets, lined with baking parchment
- Set the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Tip the flour, butter, salt and cayenne pepper into a food processor and add most of the Parmesan. Whizz until the ingredients just bind together — if the dough feels very soft, wrap it in a freezer bag and chill in the fridge until it’s firm enough to handle.
- Roll the dough out thinly, cut it into 3 x 7cm (1¼ x 2¾in) rectangles and put them on baking sheets. Chill for 10 mins before cooking.
- Brush with egg glaze and sprinkle seeds over one half of each biscuit, using poppy seeds on about half of the biscuits and sesame seeds on the rest.
- Bake the biscuits for 10-15 mins, until they’re lightly golden, swapping around the trays in the oven if necessary.
- Remove the biscuits from the oven and leave them to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. They’ll keep for up to a week in an airtight container.
Top Tip for making Seeded Parmesan biscuits
Finely chopped nuts can be used instead of seeds