Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cheesy Christmas stars


Remember when I said I baked to get me in the Christmas mood? Here's what I made. Cheesy Christmas stars. N bought me this big box of cookie cutters years ago and it's been collecting dust in the back of a cupboard ever since. When we moved two years ago, he held up the box and said 'should we give this to charity? you've never used it' and I quickly grabbed it out of his hands and promised that OF COURSE I would use them. And I never have, until last weekend.

Cheesy Christmas stars

150g/6oz self-raising flour
half a teaspoon of salt
75g/3oz butter or margarine
75g/3oz cheese, finely grated
1 egg and 1 tablespoon of milk, beaten together
a star-shaped cutter
a greased baking sheet

Heat the oven to 200 degrees C/400 degrees F/gas mark 6 before you start.

1. Sift the flour and salt through a sieve. Add the butter or margarine and rub it with your fingers to make fine crumbs.

2. Leave a tablespoon of the grated cheese on a saucer. Add the rest of the cheese to the bowl and stir it in.

3. Put a tablespoon of the beaten egg and milk mixture into a cup. Mix the rest into the flour to make a dough.

4. Sprinkle the flour onto a clean work surface. Roll out the dough until it is slightly thinner than your little finger. (?)

5. Use the cutter to cut out lots of star shapes. Cut them close together. Make the scraps into a ball, and roll them out and continue making stars.

6. Brush the stars with the rest of the egg mixture, then sprinkle them with the rest of the cheese.

7. Put the stars onto the greased baking sheet. Bake them in the oven for eight to ten minutes or until golden.

Recipe from The Usborne Big Book of Christmas Things to Make and Do. So tell me, what're your favourite Christmas recipes? What do you cook every year? Doesn't everyone love the smell of baking in the house?

9 comments:

  1. These Christmas stars sound yummy! They're cute, too, which is always a plus with little ones about!

    Thanks for stopping by my Advent Blog Tour post!

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  2. Those are super-cute and look yummy. I love anything involving cheese. And shapes.

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  3. Mmm! These look delicious!

    I did some cookie baking with a friend today.

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  4. So cute! I've finally admitted to myself that I have a thing for cookie cutters. Your stars look wonderful, but I'm a little mystified about self-rising flour. Does it have a rising agent mixed in? About how much? Has it been hanging around for a long time and I've missed it, or is it an English thing?

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  5. Oh Michelle! You are making me hungry!

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  6. You had me at "cheese"! Love the kids on wrapping paper tradition..though might be trickier in a few years as they get bigger...guess you'll just have to buy bigger presents with more paper!

    p.s. love the blog and the butterflies!

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  7. I'm surprised this had so many responses!

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  8. thank you for sharing the recipe!

    For xas I always make a cake. We are not fans of xmas pudding in this house so we have a nice sponge cake instead! Always goes down well :)

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