Healthy Eating

We're championing fresh food that packs a flavour punch, from salads and vegetable-packed bowls to grains and light desserts.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 25th June, 2017 and receive a Laguiole cheese knife set!

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Cheddar and nigella seed biscuits with spiced green apple


Have these tasty morsels ready when entertaining this holiday season.

You'll need

225 gm (1½ cups) plain flour 150 gm unsalted butter, coarsely chopped 100 gm vintage cheddar, finely grated ½ tsp nigella seeds (see note) 1 egg yolk   Spiced green apple 2 Granny Smith apples, cut into eight wedges and thinly sliced widthways 180 ml (¾ cup) cider vinegar 110 gm (½ cup) white sugar 5 cloves 1 small red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped

Method

  • 01
  • For spiced green apple, combine apple and ¼ cup vinegar in a bowl. Heat remaining vinegar, sugar, cloves, ¼ cup water and 1 tsp sea salt in a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Add apple mixture and chilli. Return to a simmer, reduce heat to low and cook gently, without stirring, for 1 hour or until liquid is almost reduced. Cool and store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator until required. Makes about 1 cup. Spiced green apple will keep for up to 1 month.
  • 02
  • Place flour, butter, cheddar and nigella seeds in a bowl and using fingers rub butter through flour until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add egg yolk and mix until combined. Turn dough onto a clean surface and knead gently until smooth. Form into a disc, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface until 3mm-thick and using an 4cm-diameter fluted cutter cut out shapes and place on greased oven trays. Form remaining dough into a ball, roll and repeat. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Cool on tray. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Serve biscuits with spiced green apple.

Note Nigella seeds add a sharp and nutty flavour. They're available from Herbie's Spices, select greengrocers and delicatessens. If unavailable substitute with cumin seeds. Spiced green apple can be substituted with a good-quality fruit chutney.


At A Glance

  • Serves 70 people
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

At A Glance

  • Serves 70 people

Featured in

Dec 2006

You might also like...

Tzatziki with zucchini fritters

recipes

Vegetarian canape recipes

Corndogs

recipes

Spiced nuts

Char-grilled pineapple wedges with chilli salt

recipes

Southern fried chicken with smoky maple caramel

Pork, veal and fennel sausage rolls

recipes

Smoked salt and vinegar chips

conversion tool

 
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×