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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cheese Biscuit Sticks

Cheese Sticks 1

Cheese sticks 1

Cheese Sticks 3

Cheese Sticks 7
There are not many baking specialty stores in Singapore where we can go for our baking supplies. Most stock very mundane and uninteresting merchandise that fails to fulfill and excite avid bakers. As a result of which, shops like Shermay's which manage to move in to fill the gap in this need, quickly become popular. However, the lack of competition also means that we often have to pay hefty prices for e.g. that bottle of Nielsen Massey Vanilla extract or the covetable Microplane grater/graters (honestly the Ferrari of all graters) . Phoon Huat and Sun Lik are 2 shops which have served avid Singapore home bakers quite faithfully for a long time. They stock some of the less fancy merchandises and ingredients but have also started to offer some more interesting quality products  e.g. Sun Lik actually stocks the basic range of Valrohna chocolates and french butter.

It was while I was browsing at Sun Lik last weekend that I came across some old fashioned kitchen tools for traditional treats. I loved the rickety Aluminum pancake press used to make Love Letters and I was strangely moved when I played with it... thinking to myself that surely I would have to get one of these before the art dies off.... I found myself  picking up little knick knacks from the shelf and asking the lady at the counter, "what is this for?" ...   This multiple joint cookie cutter was one of the gadgets I picked up for enquiry.
"Cheese Biscuits"  - she said. Then, memory came flooding back - oh yes, I remember those short cheese crackers I used to eat.  At that point, I was hooked and obsessed - I must try to make cheese biscuits with these. Ideally, I would like to make a Ritz cracker like biscuit with these cutter but I just couldn't find a recipe for Ritz Cracker - well if there is anyone out there who knows, please do share.

What I did find on Tastespotting is this equally tempting snack published by One Perfect Bite. Known as the Australian Buster, it is really a cheesy, buttery and flavourful cheese biscuit snack eaten e.g. with a salad.
I like it that you can play with it by using different types of cheese, herbs and spices. The combo is unlimited and I can attest that this will be a great crowd pleaser as a party snack.

Cheese Sticks 5

Cheese Sticks 7(100)

Recipe From One Perfect Bite (Please see here for the original scrumptious snack)
8 tablespoons/ 113g  butter, cut in 1/4-inch dice
2 cups/220g  all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, loosely packed (I used 2 cups of shredded Parmesan)
6 to 7 tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I added some dried chives instead)


1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set a side.
2) Place the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Add butter. Rub butter into flour with tips of fingers until particles are very small. Still using your fingers, mix in the cheese. Stir in water and cayenne pepper with a fork. Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into 3-inch rounds and place on baking sheet. (I cut using my new cheese biscuit cutter) Collect and re-roll scraps as required. Prick each biscuit 10 times with times of a sharp fork. (As my sticks are small, I did not prick)
3) Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Let sit in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool. Yield: 16 biscuits.


mr. pineapple man said...

what a treat! great baking!

Angie's Recipes said...

I love these little cutties!

toni_n said...

Are wonderful!
Enroll your recipe.

Sunny greetings from Bulgaria:)

MaryMoh said...

These look beautiful and delicious. I love savoury biscuits. These look too good!

thecoffeesnob said...

I'm a complete sucker for anything with cheese and these sound delicious!

Oh and can I just say, I'm completely in love with that red bowl- it's gorgeous!

La Table De Nana said...

I love the shape..I have made similar little savory cookies ..never this cute..Great idea..

I love Kitchen shops:)

La Table De Nana said...

It really is a cool tool..~ I have never seen that..what are Love letters?

Kitchen Corner said...

This one looks awesome! I haven't try anything like this before other than Grissini bread sticks. Here I've got another choice to making something for a party or give away as a present. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. Beside, how can I make the shape if I don't have a joint cookie cutter? How is it look like?

Anonymous said...

Cheese stick biscuit. YUM!! Combining two of my favs - cheese stick and biscuit!!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Lovely shots and nice biscuits!

WendyinKK said...

I just did cream crackers yesterday:)

Will post that few weeks time:)
Then u can play with that basic recipe to come up with your homemade Ritz. Altho Ritz is far more oilier than the one I made.

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Wendy, that's great! Will be looking for your post.

Trissa said...

I love savoury snacks like this much more than sweet ones. I am afraid to say it but I've never heard of the Australian Busters... is that a term they just invented? Whatever it is, this recipe sounds yummy.

tigerfish said...

Like Trissa, I love savory snacks! With a cuppo' coffee, sounds great for morning tea time now :)

Zurin said...

they do look so cheesy n crunchy. great as before dinner bites. And I love the bowl! :)

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Hey Zurin, good to have you drop by. Catch you later as I am traveling now.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

You know this might sound rather odd but I think I can really imagine how delicious these would be from the pictures. I can taste the cheese and the crumbliness just from looking at them! :D

Cherine said...

Gorgeous cheese biscuits!

Clare @ Mrs Multitasker said...

Shirley these look amazing! You could package them up, tie a ribbon round the package and sell them. People would buy them for sure. 100% professional!

Unknown said...

How lovely it is to stumble upon your site today. Those cheese staws take me back to my childhood and your pictures are crave worthy

M. said...

I love snacking on things like that...and with glass of wine.... sounds perfect!

Unknown said...

looks good

Anonymous said...

I had just discovered this recipe at One Perfect Bite, and was looking for variations. Lucky me, I found your site. I just love your turning them into biscuit sticks. And the photo is gorgeous, wow. Really enjoyed the post, too. In fact, now I'm intrigued and so curious ... what are these love letter pancakes you mention? And the dying art? I've been trying to get more info from web and am not finding anything which sounds like this. Tell us more, please. This is why I love blogs. We all have such different "stuff" in our heads and our experiences. It makes for fun discovery. - Lia

Anonymous said...

They say all things come to he who waits? In case you haven't yet found a recipe for homemade Ritz-like crackers, here's one which looks good:

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

@Lia, thank you so much for your kind words. Not sure if you are the same one who has provided the link to the ritz crackers.

Whoever the kind Anonymous reader is, thank you!

Anonymous said...

lol, yes, I am *both* Anonymous (only cause don't like signing into places). If you try the ritz crackers, let us know how it goes. I keep saying I'm going to make this cracker or that and never do.

I hope, too, you will unveil the mystery of the dying art of pancake love letters you mention in your post. I am under the spell of your words -- been searching, searching "pancake press" pancakes, love letters, and only find things like cutting heart-shaped holes in pancakes. Nothing which really connects pancakes and love letters. Ah, this is the trouble with spells, they hold you until you can find a way to break them! Free me, please. - Lia

Anonymous said...

Shirley, wouldn't you know. After posting a reply to you a bit ago, I tried one more time to crack the "love letters" mystery. This time, I had some success! Recipes and picture of a mould. Is this similar to the pancake press you found? This is delightful.
And here is a picture of some cookies made with a love letter mould:

Oh, oh. Wonderful. Thank you for telling us about love letters. I am freed from the hold of the spell, but am nonetheless enchanted.

I urge you to try the press one of these days, and tell us all about it in great detail!

And because I like the look of your cheese biscuits so much, I searched online for a cutter. (So much better to buy as you did, in a shop chock full of fun cooking stuff.) Didn't find a cutter, but bought a crazy "canoe" mould with a *somewhat* similar shape. It is meant to enable one to make filled pastries with a longish bullet shape (um, apparently many like it for homemade Twinkies). I don't crave Twinkies, but can think of other uses, such as these biscuits. - Lia, who will stop talking so much now.

Kajal said...

These look so yummy! am on the quest for the perfect cheese cracker. Thanks for posting! :)

Andrea said...

I found these on pinterest and these looks so scrumptious. I am happy to now be following you. I am going to try and make these this weekend. If you get a chance check out my blog. I have a new cocktail that these would be great with.


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