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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Stilton Shortbread Crackers

Seasonal Recipe of the Week
I don’t know why but the idea of making crackers fascinates me. It started when I learned to make graham crackers and has grown from there. It’s very easy and there are lots of people doing it like Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, of Food Network fame. She gave this recipe on the air a few weeks ago as something so easy even her husband could make them for a cocktail party he was organizing. So here is the recipe for Stilton shortbread crackers: Don’t forget to eat them with wine.

1-2 teaspoon water as needed
12 ounces Stilton cheese (remove rind and end up with 8 ounces crumbled cheese)
1 stick unsalted butter (room temp)
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup chopped walnuts (to put on the outside)

Put everything but the nuts into a food processor and blend till it all comes together smoothly. You can add more water as needed to make a smooth dough. Take out and roll into log and then roll in chopped Walnuts. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 30 minutes. Then cut into about 32 slices and bake at 350 on parchment lined sheet pan for 20-25 minutes till lightly browned on the edges. That’s it, now do it!