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Come Follow My Cheesy Feet!

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Come Follow My Cheesy Feet!!

This is one of my favourite things to bake for my Wee Food Adventurer. He giggles every time I ask him if he’d like some cheesy feet and he devours them at an alarming rate! You’re going to love to bake them too as they’re a perfect size for children (and big children!) and a doddle to make. Yesterday morning was miserable, the first day in ages where it was dark enough to warrant some lights on and torrential rain, so I decided that rather than deal with a trip to a soft play centre, which, no doubt, every other parent was thinking about doing on such a horrible day, some cheesy feet baking was in order to keep both of us amused in the kitchen. Now, I have to confess that I like the kitchen to myself while cooking, even friends and family need to leave me in peace, I don’t do chatting when I’m in there! However, there’s only so much time I can get my son to amuse himself so I thought we’d bake together. To be fair, the first part of the recipe will no doubt see your children wandering off slightly bored but bare with me as when they get the chance to cut the feet up and, even better, eating them warm, all will be forgiven! The recipe is another one from the fabulous Nigella Lawson. There really isn’t anything of hers that I’ve made that has disappointed me and this is another fail proof one! There’s only four ingredients, all of which you’ll have in the house, so when you get the urge for a rainy day activity, you can get straight to it.

INGREDIENTS – MAKES ABOUT 16

100g Grated Cheddar Cheese (any brand will do)

25g Soft Butter (I used Lurpak Lightly Salted Spreadable, but again any brand will do)

50g Plain Flour (sifted)

1/4tsp Baking Powder

METHOD

1. Put all the ingredients into a food processor (or a bowl if using a hand mixer) and blitz. Now, at this point you’re probably thinking I’ve taken leave of my senses as there are no wet ingredients. I was probably how you are now….. re-reading the ingredients thinking “she’s missed something out”. Have no fear readers, keep blitzing, it will take a few minutes to finally come together into a dough. Below is photographic evidence to confirm!

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2. Once you have your dough, flatten it slightly into a fat disc, wrap in some clingfilm, and place it in the fridge for fifteen minutes. Now preheat your oven to 200 degrees C / 400 F / Gas Mark G.

3. After chilling in the fridge, take your dough out and place on a lightly floured surface and roll out to approximately 3mm / 1/8in thick. Place your cutter into the flour and then cut out your feet. The dough can keep being re-rolled until it’s all used up and then you can place them onto a lined baking sheet and bake for approximately 10-12 minutes (depending on the size of your cutter). Once baked, place on a cooling rack to cool down.

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TIPS

1. I bought my feet cutters from Amazon

2. Take your feet out the oven while they are still a little soft in the middle as it’s amazing how much they crisp up and there’s a real risk of over baking them. I hope you enjoy making and eating them! I’ll leave of one final picture of what the kitchen looked like after Wee Food Adventurer had finished playing with the flour!……

 

 

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Melanie, Food Adventurer

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