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Cheesy pastries

Cheesy pastries

Great for using up odds and ends of cheese from the fridge, use any strong smelly cheese like Gruyere, Stilton and goats cheese.

These are best made and eaten the same day, but equally freeze well.
By Caroline Marson
Serves 6
Prep/Cook time: 10-20 minutes
two flaky cheese filled pasties on a white plate

Ingredients

375g self-raising flour
120g cheese, grated
90g melted butter, plus a little extra for brushing
125ml milk
1½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
Oil for greasing tin

Filling

100g cream cheese or Boursin
Use up what you have. Gruyere, Stilton and goats cheese work just as well.
2 tbsp chopped chives
Can be fresh, frozen or dried.

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Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C (425F) mark 7. Hold sieve well above a large a bowl and sieve the flour with the salt, cayenne pepper.

  2. Make a dent in flour, tip in melted butter, milk, water, half the grated cheese, water and mix with a fork until it makes a dough. Pull carefully together.

  3. Sit the dough on a lightly floured board. Knead lightly for a few seconds till just smooth. Using one hand flatten the dough until it is an even 2cm thickness. Using a foot cutter or a round cutter, cut out the dough to the desired size and place on a lightly buttered baking tray.

  4. Brush with butter and sprinkle with the remaining cheddar. Bake, uncovered, in hot oven about 20 minutes or until browned lightly; turn onto a wire rack.

  5. To fill, mix the cream cheese with the chives. Split horizontally in half. Spread with cream cheese and serve warm.

  6. To freeze ahead: Complete the recipe up to the end of step 4. Cool and pack into airtight containers for up to 3 months.

    To use: Place on a baking tray and cook at 180°C (350°F) mark 4 for 10 minutes or until thawed through and warm. Complete the recipe.

Make the most of your leftovers
Store in
Airtight container
Time
Fridge or freezer
Where to store
Fridge 1 days, freezer 3 months
Reheat
Best served fresh. Oven bake until piping hot and reheat only once.

Perfect portions

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