Monday, 17 January 2011

Red Dragon Chilli Shortbread

Well, I have to admit, I was rather taken aback with the positive responses to the Welsh Dragon Leek soup, but more so towards the Welsh Dragon savoury shortbread.

So may I present to you this Savoury shortbread in its own right. This savoury shortbread made from scratch with sharp cheddar cheese and chilli flakes, then cut in the shape of a Welsh Dragon.
The Welsh Dragon Cookie or biscuit cutter I used for here is perhaps the most expensive one I own. It cost about a £5.00. I actually purchased them on-line as I could not find any every time I went to Wales to visit family, none of the specialist cook shops or souvenir shops had any. My nephew recently notified me that there is a large cookware shop in Cardiff that now sells them for about the same price.

This Welsh dragon cutter is much more intricate in detail than the others I own and its is one that doesn’t come out that often, except perhaps around St Davids Day, but recently with my nephew up, I was reminded of home - rainy Wales. I wanted to make some Welsh recipes with a South Asian touch, but the Welsh boyo (my nephew) said he lives in Wales and the last thing he wants to do whilst visiting his number one Aunt in Scotland was eat Welsh inspired fare, so other than the Welsh Vegetarian Burger, I did not get to make any other others until now.
Ideally, I know these should have been made with a Welsh cheese such as Caerphilly or , but I’ve mentioned before that I do struggle to find good Welsh cheese in Scotland, so Cheddar it had to be. I am not one to boast, but these savoury shortbread biscuits are exceptionally good and wonderfully flaky. The cheddar flavour comes through rather strongly. Some of you will know that I served them with the 'Leek, potato and chilli soup' as a generous crouton, but they are fine to eat on their own as nibbles or served with some good chutney.

Of course being in the shape of a Red Dragon in Welsh Y Ddraig Goch, this savoury shortbread had to have an element of red running through it, hence the chilli flakes for colour and a little fire for flavour, after all we cannot have such a fantastical creature not breathing fire. The chilli kick is there, just not overly spicy. I recommend eating these fresh on the day, a day or two later and they lose that crisp freshness.
I made these in a food processor, but I am sure you can also do them by hand.
Red Dragon Chilli Shortbread
Makes 6 Welsh dragon or about 16 - 18 other shapes, a chilli pepper would be excellent.
Also you can double the quantity below if you want to make a lot more.
Ingredients
150g sharp cheddar cheese, grated
40g unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
130g plain white flour
1 - 2 teaspoons cold water (may not be necessary)
Method
Preheat oven to Gas mark 6.
In a food processor, blend together the cheese and butter until smooth. Gradually add in the flour with the chilli flakes and mix thoroughly. You may or may not need it, so check and then add a teaspoon of water at a time to form a dough. If necessary, squeeze together with your hands to form the dough into a ball.
On a lightly floured surface, flatten the dough and use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes with your chosen cookie cutter and place on an un-oiled baking sheet about an inch apart. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned on the edges and bottom. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Recipe adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates.

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recipe - I will definitely be trying that one out though I think I'll pass on the dragon as it looks quite intricte and I can imagine me getting in a strop when my biscuits all fell apart! I guess the recipe will taste just as good in the normal round shape?!

    Jane

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  2. Lovely! If only I had seen this when I taught a dragon class at my sons' school. Next time...

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  3. WOW!! Those cookies look delicious, I would love to have a go at those, you have such brilliant ideas!
    Millie

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  4. These look very cool. I also love your new main picture. :)

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  5. Savoury shortbread - what a great idea. I love the dragon it looks so intricate x

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  6. You are so welcoem Jane.
    I understand you passing on the dragon cutter. It is rather intricate. I did have a little problem with some of them transferring in tact to the wire rack :). Yes they will be fine in any other shape, in fact I am thinking of making some more, perhaps with my heart shaped cookie cutter or a chilli pepper one.


    Thank you so much Camilla.
    I think the little ones woud appreciate a sweeter tasting dragon :)


    Thank you os much Millie D.
    I must thank the cookie cutter too that inspired me with the fiery heat of the chilli flakes.


    Thank you Vic.
    I am quite pleased with my new header :)


    Thank you freerangegirl..
    I have to admit, I too like my dragon cutter, the detail is certainly a lot more intricate. By the way Happy New Year to you. x

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  7. My mother made a similar recipe, but without the dragon cutter. Her biscuits were round and very spicy as she liked "hot" things and was never known for sparing the chilli powder.

    I was just catching up on your posts, and I too like the new header here. I hope the new year is off to a good start.

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  8. Hi
    I have just posted about my Garam Masala pie, it was lovely, all the family enjoyed it.I have put a link to your blog for the recipe
    Cate

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  9. Those dragons look so cute.. I think I would start bitting off the head :)))

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  10. these look lovely but I have a terrible vision of making these by hand and how my hands would burn anything they came near after rubbing in the chilli flakes - a fire breathing dragon is a fine thing but a fire breathing hand is another!

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  11. It looks so cool, I love dragons! You asked on my blog did I use forbidden black rice for the pudding. Yes, I did! I had never heard of it either, but my father found a pack. It was quite expensive though.

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  12. Thank you Ana Powell.
    I adore the little heart too ♥


    Thank you for sharing e.
    I like the name "hot" things. Thank you so much for the new year wishes. Hand on heart, it has not started well, but more about that later. So pleased to read you like my new header. I am quite chuffed with it too.


    Thank you Cate aka vintage mum.
    I wil be over in a while to check it out. I'll also put a link to it from my original post.



    Thanks Medeja.
    :)


    Thanks Johanna GGG.
    Sorry but Your vision is totally wrong here. These are not that hot, honestly. I was cautious with the spicing this time and its sticks more to the flour than your hands on rolling. So rest assured there will be no fiery hands to they eye!


    Thanks LeLa.
    Thanks for letting me know about the forbidden black rice, I will have to keep my eyes out for it here and maybe treat myself to some.

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  13. Oh brilliant, love the chilli in the shortbread!

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  14. These shortbreads look lovely & are looking so COOl & very stylish! Nearly too pretty to savour!

    I just moved my blog to wordporess.com. Come over @ my blog & check it out! You need to update your RSS!

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  15. Nice, very nice. I got a hundred (it feels that much) cutters for xmas, though no dragons boooooooooo. These biscuits look yum and would be great for Burns night too???

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  16. Thank you so much Nicisme.


    Thanks Sophie.
    Your right they were too pretty, but our teeth dived into them no problemo!


    Thanks Plummy Mummy.
    Hundreds of cookie cutters for xmas, well I think you must have more than me. I need to count mine one-day, but I'm pretty sure its nowhere near 100..

    Guess what I have been asked to make some
    of these for Burns night, not with the Welsh dragon though :)

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  17. Those look very edible! Such a nice blog - Am happy I stumbled upon it :))

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  18. Wow, what can I say? Firstly I love the Welsh Dragon. How amazingly theatrical for a shortbread. And I love the fact that it's shortbread and therefore part Scots.

    I love hybrids, being one myself!
    x

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  19. Thank you Moyra.
    For such a lovely comments.

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