Step 1: You will need
- 120 g butter at room temperature (soft)
- 75 g parmesan, grated
- 140 g flour
- pinch of salt
- For the Coatings:
- 1 egg
- 2 water
- 35 g parmesan, grated
- 4 tbsp sesame seeds
- 4 tbsp basil
- 1 mixer with flat beater attachment
- 1 knife
- plastic wrap
- 1 baking tray
- parchment paper
- 1 brush
Step 2: Make the dough
Begin by placing the flour, the parmesan cheese, the salt, and the butter into the mixer bowl. Mix them on a low speed only until everything has combined, then turn off the mixer.
Step 3: Roll the dough
Now spread some plastic wrap on your work surface. Divide the dough into three and place one piece upon the plastic sheet. Roll it into a log shape and twist the ends. Now holding the ends, continue to roll the dough until it forms into a uniform cylinder. Set it aside and repeat for the other two logs.
Step 4: TIP!
Our recipe offers 3 types of coating options. If you want less choice, divide the dough into only one or two larger rolls. It's up to you!
Step 5: Chill in the freezer
Place the rolled biscuit dough into the freezer for an hour to allow the dough to set.
Step 6: Preheat the oven
At about 45 minutes into the one hour chilling time, set your oven to 180°C, 350°F or gas mark 4.
Step 7: Coat the rolls
After allowing the allotted chilling time, unroll one of the dough rolls from the plastic wrap. Brush the outside of the roll with the egg wash and then coat it on all sides with parmesan cheese.
Now brush the second roll with the egg wash and this time, coat it with sesame seeds.
Finally, repeat the process for the final log, this time coating it with the basil.
Step 8: TIP!
A useful Tip: If you are making a lot of these biscuits, you might find it easier to put the coating in a plate and then coat them that way. This will save you a little time.
Step 9: Cut the logs
Now you can begin to slice the logs into pieces of about one centimetre each in thickness. Place the individual biscuits on a tray lined with parchment paper, leaving a little space for them to expand while cooking.
Step 10: Bake
Now place the tray of biscuits into the already hot oven. Let them bake for about 15 minutes or until they are a lovely golden brown.
Step 11: Serve
Your Parmesan Biscuits are now ready to serve. Their savoury flavour make them the perfect complement to afternoon tea. They taste best when served at room temperature.
You can also substitute other kinds of cheese for the parmesan in the dough but remember that if it is a moist type of cheese, you might have to compensate for the extra moisture by adding a little more flour to the dough as well. Enjoy!