When I was little my Granny (known as Gangy, because little people can’t always get their words out, of course), would make us oaty cheese crackers made of oats, flour, cheese and butter, nothing else.
All wholesome goodness, and very easy for small hands and toothless mouths to nibble or suck until they go mushy.
My Dad went to catering college as a young man so growing up pretty much everything we ate was homemade, and to this day these cheese biscuits are still ever present in his home, and still loved by children and adults alike.
He improved the recipe with the addition of a little curry powder and cayenne, but these aren’t essential.
Since so many people have trouble eating gluten these days, and since we already eat way too many processed carbs like white flour, I knew a lower carb and preferably gluten free version was called for.
I’m not coeliac but too much gluten makes me feel like an 80 yr old woman so I minimise consumption to only where it’s worth it (my Step-Mum’s chocolate brownies come to mind, though I should really make a gf version of those too..).
If you’re wondering, gluten isn’t the devil, but it is hard for the body to process, and some, more sensitive IBS-type guts might not handle it so well, as well as people with joint, autoimmune, skin, and mental health disorders – there’s evidence for that, but this post is about cheese crackers so the discussion of gluten stops here.
It’s also a timely post because my ‘little’ (but actually grown up, married and very successful) brother’s birthday yesterday, and he still to this day can eat half a batch of these in one sitting, straight out of the oven, especially if coupled with ham and redcurrant jelly.
Try them yourself and if you can try and restrict yourself from copying his exact consumption method unless that was one serious workout you just did……..
120g Protein Pow Whey Cooking Mix (discount code below)
100g Cheddar cheese
¼ tsp salt
1/2 curry powder, optional but delicious
½ tsp mustard powder, again optional
1/4 tsp cayenne, optional
Preheat the oven to 150˚c
Put all ingredients in a bowl, and with your fingers rub them together like when you make pastry.
Form the mix into a ball and with a rolling pin roll out to ½ cm thick.
Cut into squares (of whatever shape you like), and using a knife or metal spatula slide lift the crackers onto a greased baking tray.
Bake for 30 minutes until just going golden.
Allow to cool before transferring to an airtight container.