Having previously stated that I was going to blog mainly about bread, I find myself discussing biscuit making.

This is an area I have tended to steer clear of in the past, but as an active participant in the Short and Tweet challenge based on Dan Lepard’s excellent  Short and Sweet book  I found myself in Week 3 with two savoury biscuit bakes!

Buttermilk Oatcakes

I don’t usually do much baking during the week due to work, kids etc. but after a quick scan of the recipe I thought I would give it a go.

As an inveterate taster (someone who has always stuck his fingers into raw cake/biscuit mix) I dived in to see what it tasted like even though it look somewhat unappetising. But as they say it tasted better than it looked. Gritty and at the same time tangy. This was probably down to the use of medium rather than fine oatmeal.

Doesn't look very appetising does it?

The baking however lead to a remarkable transformation. A delicate, lace-like biscuit resulted which whilst retaining it tangy taste also delivered a lovely crunchy texture which complemented the taste of a strong earthy Cheddar really well.

A stack of tangy crunchiness

Cheese & Black Pepper Buttons

The second part of the challenge followed an early Sunday morning bake of a couple of sourdough loaves.Both simple to make and bake the two cheeses (Cheddar & Parmesan) came through very strongly and seemed to swamp the pepper but I’ll look at using milder cheeses next time. A dollop of mango chutney on each of these turned them into a sublime snack!

Very Cheesy buttons

Next week it’s teacakes but I am some what confused by the ingredient option of white chocolate or beef dripping!

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