Cheese and anchovy biscuits

    These dainty and crispy savoury biscuits are the perfect salty nibble to serve with a glass of crisp white wine.


    Dorset, England, UK
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    Makes: 45 biscuits

    • 225g (8 oz) plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 4 to 5 pinches cayenne pepper
    • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
    • 170g (6 oz) unsalted butter, cubed
    • 100g (3 1/2 oz) anchovy fillets, chopped
    • 100g (3 1/2 oz) mature Cheddar cheese, grated
    • freshly grated Parmesan cheese for sprinkling

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:8min  ›  Extra time:10min freezing  ›  Ready in:38min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease baking trays or line with baking parchment.
    2. Sift the plain flour into a bowl and add the baking powder, cayenne and sugar. Rub in the butter and then add the anchovies and Cheddar cheese to form a dough. Using floured hands, divide the dough into two balls and roll both into 4cm (1 1/2 in) logs. Wrap in cling film and chill on a flat surface in the freezer for 10 minutes.
    3. Remove logs from the freezer. Using a sharp knife, slice off discs as thinly as possible. Arrange fairly close together on the prepared baking tray and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
    4. Bake the biscuits for 7 to 8 minutes, until light brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and gently transfer the biscuits to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before serving.

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