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Cheddar and nigella seed biscuits with spiced green apple

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for cheddar and nigella seed biscuits with spiced green apple

By Adelaide Lucas
  • Serves 70
Cheddar and nigella seed biscuits with spiced green apple
Cheddar and nigella seed biscuits with spiced green apple

Have these tasty morsels ready when entertaining this holiday season.

Ingredients

  • 225 gm plain flour (1½ cups)
  • 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 cider vinegar (¾ cup)
  • 110 gm white sugar (½ cup)
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 small red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped

Method

Main
  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    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.

Notes

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.