A simple recipe to add an authentic touch to your Downton cocktail party.
“These irresistible biscuits were a popular savoury (the final course after pudding, which has sadly fallen out of fashion). They can also be presented as canapes with drinks in the more contemporary style.” A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal Celebrations, Traditions, and Recipes.
- 1 cup Fresh parmesan grated
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper,
- 3 1/4 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 large egg yolk
- Preheat the oven to 400F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
- Grate 3/4 cup of the cheese into a mixing bowl. Sift in the flour and add the salt and cayenne pepper.
- Crumble in the butter and rub with your fingertips until you have a breadcrumb texture. Stir in the egg yolk and form the dough into a ball with your hands.
- Dust the worktop and a rolling pin with a little flour. Roll the dough inot a rough square, to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Cut into strips about 1/2″ wide and about 4 inches long. I made mine longer so I could stand time up in a glass container.
- Gently transfer to the baking sheet and finely grate the remaining parmesan on top of the straws.
- Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Serve with a dip if you wish, or on their own.