Cheesy shamrock biscuits
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
These tasty shamrock-shaped biscuits are perfect for St Patrick's Day on 17th March. Make a batch and tuck in!
- 300g mature Irish farmhouse cheese such as Ardrahan or Carrigaline, finely grated
- 200g plain flour
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 200g butter, diced
- 2 free-range egg yolks
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
This is the same recipe for cheese straws so it's a really simple one to follow - and the end result looks great. Shamrock-shaped pastry cutters can easily be bought online
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 5. Lightly grease 2-3 baking sheets with butter and line with non-stick baking paper.
- Mix the grated cheese, flour, cayenne pepper, ½ tsp salt and some black pepper together in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub together until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the egg yolks with a kitchen knife until the mixture comes together in a ball. Tip out onto a work surface and knead briefly until smooth. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick.
- Using a shamrock-shaped biscuit cutter, cut out the biscuits and place them spaced a little apart on the prepared baking sheets. Re-knead and roll the trimmings once or twice to make more biscuits. Chill for at least 30 mins.
- Bake for approximately 10 mins or until richly golden around the edges. Remove and leave to cool on the baking tray. Store in an airtight tin once cold.