Sunday, 23 December 2012

Mustard Thyme Biscuits with Caramelised Onion and Goat's Cheese

This past weekend Kyle and I hosted some of my family for a festive cocktail party in our new place. I went a bit mad and decided to make nine types of finger food along with serving three signature cocktails, graciously provided by my guests. These savoury biscuits were the flavour highlight for me and as a bonus, were very easy to make. The combination of short biscuit with sweet onion and creamy goat's cheese was heavenly. The caramelised onion is a great recipe on its own and could even be packaged up and given as a gift.

Mustard thyme biscuits with caramelised onion and goat's cheese (adapted from Real Living Magazine January/February 2007)
2 tbsp butter
3 red onions, sliced thinly
1/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar
2/3 of 1/4 cup :) balsamic vinegar
Cooking spray
1 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting
1 1/2 tbsp mustard powder
2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
160g butter, chopped
150g goat's cheese
  1. To make the caramelised onions, combine 2 tbsp butter and onions in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until soft. Add sugar and vinegar and stir to combine. Increase heat to bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring, for 8-10 minutes or until caramelised. Allow to cool.
  2. To make the biscuits, preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius (fan forced). Spray two trays with cooking spray.
  3. Place flour, mustard powder, thyme and 160g chopped butter in food processor and process until mixture just comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 2 minutes or until a dough forms.
  4. Roll dough into a 5cm round log, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  5. Cut the dough into 2-3mm rounds and place on greased baking trays. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool.
  6. Top cooled biscuits with cooled onions and goat's cheese and serve.

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