Transform leftover pastry scraps into deluxe cheese Christmas snacksPosted by Fiona Nevile in Christmas, Leftovers | 5 comments
If Danny loads the dishwasher when I get back from work and the cycle finishes before supper has reached the table, I know that I’m running a bit late. The cycle is 108 minutes.
This morning I discovered some chicken and ham pie filling in the freezer – all that I had to do was make the pastry. Anne Mary’s recipe for Magimix pastry works perfectly each time. Danny was amazed that I had made pastry in five minutes in the food processor. It normally needs to rest and chill in the fridge for an hour but I decided to speed up the process. This evening’s pastry was fast tracked in the freezer for just ten minutes. It rolled out well and tasted great. So you can be topping a pie with your own pastry in fifteen minutes, start to finish, despite the advice from the big chiefs!
As my rolling pin eased the pastry to the sides of the board, I remembered this wonderful recipe for transforming pastry scraps into delicious cheesy biscuits I’ve blogged the recipe before but with Christmas approaching fast, these little snacks freeze well and are invaluable if friends drop by for a drink. They are far better than most cocktail snacks that you can buy. They also make a great impromptu mini Christmas present. Delicious and very easy on the wallet. In early December, I set aside a morning to make these treats from scratch. They are frozen in batches and crisped in the oven before delivery. They always go down well.
Tonight I wanted to experiment with these dinky snacks. As well as cheddar and parmesan, I sprinkled on some cayenne pepper. They were scrummy. I was hard pressed to leave just the one for Danny – I hate to admit that I actually made six.
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