Easy edible gifts
A selection of homemade crackers and a chunk of excellent cheese is the perfect gift for any ardent cheese lover. Here are three great recipes that are easy, affordable and tasty
Homemade sesame crackers
Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a bowl or food processor, mix together ½ cup plain flour and ½ cup wholemeal flour, ½ tsp salt, 2 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp sesame seeds. Add about ¼ cup water – just enough to form a dough.
Roll the dough on a floured bench to desired thickness, prick with a fork and cut into pieces. Use a zig-zag pasta cutter if you want crinkled edges. Place the crackers on a floured tray and bake until golden. When cool, snap the crackers apart if needed and store in an airtight container.
Make whatever shape or size you like and add different flours, herbs, nuts, seeds, spices or cheese to vary the basic cracker.
Digestives are great with cheese or just spread with butter. Preheat oven to 190°C. Place 110g rolled oats in a processor and pulse to make a fine meal. Add 3 Tbsp brown sugar, 110g wholemeal flour, 75g butter, pinch salt, ¼ tsp baking soda and 1 egg, lightly beaten. Pulse to form a dough.
Dust the bench with wholemeal flour and roll out the dough to approximately 5mm thickness. Cut into circles with a biscuit cutter and place on a greased baking sheet. Re-roll the trimmings and when all the dough is used up, prick each biscuit two or three times with a fork.
Bake for about 11 minutes or until the biscuits are turning golden around the edges.