Cheese & Cayenne Crackers

These light, crumbly, cheese-flavored crackers are always popular with my friends. They makethe perfect nibble with drinks or a delicious savory snack topped with a spoonful of a mild soft goat cheese and a piece of sun-blush tomato.

Cheese & Cayenne Crackers

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    Ingredients

    1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plusextra for dusting 5 tablespoons butter, diced
    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

    directions

    Prep: 15 min Total:
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    • 1

      Put the flour and half of the cayenne into a mixing bowl. Cut in the butter to make a soft, slightly crumblymixture, then stir in the cheddar cheese. Form into a soft ball of dough and knead briefly in the bowl untilthe cheese is evenly distributed. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes to firm up.

    • 2

      Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured countertop into along rectangle about 23/4 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 1-inch-wide fingers and arrange, spacedapart, on the baking sheet. Chill for another 20 minutes to firm up. This help the crackers keep their shapeduring baking.

    • 3

      Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375ÅãF. Sprinkle the crackers with the remaining cayenne and bake for12 to 15 minutes until golden and crisp. Leave the crackers to cool on a wire rack, then store in an airtightcontainer for up to 3 days.

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