Easy ed­i­ble gifts

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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

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.

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