Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Parmesan and Thyme Shortbread

"Suitable For The Screen", the theme for this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC). Such an fun theme ; food and snacks that we love to eat or munch on when we are at home, watching a good movie, re-runs or any of our favourite shows on TV. Pizzas and cookies came to mind, but then I found Diana Henry's "Parmesan and Thyme Shortbread" when I googled online. It sounded so buttery and cheesy, and I'm already imaging having it in front of the telly watching one of my favourite comedy show!

 Buttery and yummy shortbreads!

These shortbreads are so easy to make and takes very little time. Firstly cream the butter till softened, the amount is quite small, so I just use a small bowl and a spoon, and takes only minutes. Then in a medium bowl, add all the other ingredients, mix in the softened butter, and combine the mixture with your hands into a soft dough. I then place the dough on a large piece of clingwrap, shape the dough into a sausage 9" long, wrap it up with the clingwrap and place in the refrigerator to firm it up for at least an hour. 

To bake, preheat the oven to 150C/300F, remove the dough from the refrigerator, unwrap and slice them into 18-20 discs. Place them on lined baking sheets, spacing them 2" apart as they will spread a little. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. The shortbreads will be soft when just baked but will harden upon cooling. Let the shortbreads cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then gently remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.

These savoury shortbreads are flaky, tender, buttery and cheesy. Great with a cup of warm tea. 

Parmesan and Thyme Shortbread
(recipe by Diana Henry, adapted from here)
Makes 18 to 20 biscuits
Ingredients :
75gm (2-3/4oz) butter
85gm (3oz) plain flour
85gm (3oz) finely grated Parmesan
2 tsp olive oil
good pinch cayenne pepper
1-1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves (I've used 3/4 tsp dried thyme)

Method :
Cream the butter until soft, then add all the other ingredients and combine with your hands. Form into a sausage shape 23cm (9in) long, wrap in clingfilm and chill for about an hour to firm up.

Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2. Cut the shortbread into 18 to 20 discs and place on a large baking sheet, leaving room for each to spread. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden.

The biscuits will seem slightly soft but they do harden as they cool. Leave to cool on the baking sheet, then lift to cool completely.

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  1. Haven't tried savoury shortbread before, bet it's full of cheesy fragrance! It's tea time now, I'll help myself with some. ;)

  2. It does look like a ridiculously addictive snack for couch potatoes like me... I will just vacuum pack these into small bags in case I can't stop myself from snacking on this awesome shortbread!

  3. I have a friend who makes rosemary shortbread... what a great idea!

  4. Hi Joyce,
    Munching these yummy savoury cheesy shortbread in front of TV ... so enjoying!

  5. A savory shortbread sounds quite intriguing, Joyce. I'm not much of a television watcher but when I do, I need lots of goodies to keep me busy. I love the thought of thyme and parmesan in them. Yummy:) These would be perfect with a warm cup of tea and perhaps a book too.

    Thanks for sharing, Joyce...

    Thank you Joyce for the info on Little Thumbs Up. I finally got to join this morning:)

  6. This shortbread look really beautiful Joyce!!
    Look delicious!!

  7. Great pick--buttery and cheesy is always a good thing! ;-) I like the thyme and cayenne and would love to munch on them with a cup of tea.

  8. What a tasty snack these must be! I need to try these :)

  9. Sounds good, reckon this would also be very nice with a bowl of soup. :)

  10. Joyce, I really like snacking in front of the TV! These very flavourful shortbreads will be gone in no time if I baked them hah..hah...

  11. These savory shortbreads look scrumptious! I haven't tried savory ones before, but think I should :-)

  12. I love these savory shortbreads for snacking- so much better for me than the sugary ones! :)

  13. Savoury cookies are a delicious snack to nibble on in front of the TV, especially flavoured with herbs and cheese. Yum!

  14. I love cheese shortbread - neither my husband nor I can be trusted to have it in the house! What a great idea for a TV snack!

  15. I love everything you make and always want to make it for myself :) These look positively addictive! I'd eat them all while watching my favorite show.

  16. What an interesting snack! It seems like they could be 'dressed up' for a red carpet evening at the Oscars too! Maybe some sides slivers of ham and cheese or a dip to drag them through ... yum! Great recipe!