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Date and Walnut Log with Cheese Biscuits

Sunday 2 November 2014
I also made a savoury edible Christmas gift recipe, for the lovelies at Sainsbury's, because not everyone is into sweet treats and I do like a good cheese biscuit to nibble on with a glass of wine.

These biscuits are very easy to make, you just need to remember to mix together equal quantities of plain flour, butter and grated cheese. What could be simpler?!

The Date and Walnut Log just involves measuring ingredients into a food processor, mixing them, forming the mixture into logs then wrapping the logs to look pretty. So easy!

I normally include the Date and Walnut Log with Cheese Biscuits in a hamper with a bottle of wine and some other savoury goodies.

Date and Walnut Log

150g walnuts
50g almonds, toasted 
250g dried dates, chopped
100g dried apricots, chopped
50g chopped crystallised ginger
1 or 2 Tblsp brandy
1 Tblsp honey
2 tsp mixed spice

Put half of the nuts into the bowl of your food processor and pulse until fairly finely ground. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until well combined and the mixture starts to come together.

Remove the mixture from the food processor and, using wet hands, form into logs about 1 or 2 inches in diameter. I made 5 short logs from this recipe. Wrap the logs in clingfilm and chill in the fridge to firm up. Wrap the clingfilm enclosed logs in decorative paper and include in a hamper of other delicious savoury treats. Ensure the logs are kept cold/refrigerated. These logs will keep in the fridge for up to a month.

Savoury Cheese Biscuits

100g butter, chilled and diced
100g strong Cheddar
100g plain white or wholemeal flour

Preheat your oven to 200C/180C Fan. Line 1 or 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

Put the butter, cheese and flour into a food processor and process until the mixture forms a stiff ball of dough.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a log about 2 inches in diameter then wrap in clingffilm and chill in the fridge for half an hour or until you are ready to bake the biscuits.  

Cut 1/2cm slices off the biscuit dough log and put them on your prepared trays, allow a little room for them to spread.

Bake in your preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden and crisp.  Leave the biscuits to cool on the trays for a couple of minutes then carefully transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Store the biscuits in an airtight container.  The cooked biscuits can also be frozen.

*I was compensated for my time, expertise and ingredients when creating these recipes*

1 comment:

  1. what a lovely and very pretty christmas prezzie idea!


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