Gluten-Free Cheese Biscuits

I made a recipe like this a while ago for this blog, but I wanted to make these yummy treats for my cousin and his girlfriend fiancée. However, it needed to be gluten-free. So I took the base of the recipe and started to experiment with it. I had to change some of the ingredients quantities and how the biscuit is formed, but it has the same taste and texture as the recipe that my grandmother gave me many years ago.

I feel that anything that is gluten-free should taste just as good as the same item made with flour. Many years ago I tried gluten-free pizza, which was more akin to wet cardboard. With the right ingredients used in the right way, any food can be recreated in a gluten-free format, just like my grandmother’s biscuits.

Time: 1 hour

Yields: 15

Ingredients

100g rice flour, extra for dusting

50g unsalted butter (soft)

80g strong mature cheddar cheese (grated)

1 tbsp. milk

½ tsp Cayenne pepper

Dried Thyme, pinch

Salt, pinch

Pepper, pinch

Egg, beaten

Coarse salt (topping, optional)

Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C.
  2. Place all the ingredients, apart from the egg into a bowl and mix together into a dough. Add more milk if the mixture does not bind together.
  3. Wrap in Clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out on a floured surface until 5mm thick, then using a cutter (4cm), cut circles. After all possible biscuits have been cut, roll the dough out again. Repeat until no dough is left. The dough might be a bit crumbly, so use a knife to lift up to prevent the biscuit from breaking.
  5. Place on a tray with greaseproof paper.
  6. Brush biscuits with beaten egg, then sprinkle with coarse salt.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the tray.
  9. Store in an air tight container. Eat and enjoy!
I could not resist taking a bite.

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