Mary Berry’s Delightful Dorchester Biscuits: A Cheesy Crunch with a Nutty Twist!

Greetings, baking enthusiasts! Today, I am thrilled to share with you a delightful recipe for Dorchester Biscuits. These golden treats boast a satisfying crunch, a rich cheesy flavour, and a delightful nutty twist. Perfect for an afternoon tea or a light snack, these biscuits are bound to impress your guests with their savoury charm. So, gather your ingredients and let’s embark on this delicious journey together!

To make things easier for you, I have organized the ingredients in a neat table below:

Grated mature cheddar100g (4oz)
Plain flour100g (4oz)
A pinch of salt
Softened butter100g (4oz)
Cayenne pepper1/4 teaspoon
Chopped unsalted mixed nuts50g (2oz)
Mixed chopped nuts or cashew halves for decoration

Now that we have everything at the ready, let’s proceed with the instructions. I’ve added my own touch to make them more original and captivating:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C (Fan 160 degrees C, gas mark 4). Prepare two baking trays by lightly greasing them, ensuring your biscuits won’t stick during baking.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the nuts meant for sprinkling. Feel free to employ a knife to get things started, and then dive in with your hands to work the ingredients together. Embrace the tactile joy of creating a dough that will soon become delectable biscuits!
  3. Shape the dough into approximately 20 small balls and place them on the prepared baking trays. Remember to leave enough space between the balls, as they will spread a bit while baking and we wouldn’t want them to merge into one delicious mega-biscuit.
  4. Now, it’s time to add some flair to our biscuits. Sprinkle either the chopped nuts or the nut topping over the dough balls. Be generous but not excessive, as we want a harmonious balance of flavors.
  5. With the gentle touch of your hand, lightly flatten each ball to create an elegant biscuit shape. The biscuits should still maintain a bit of thickness, so don’t press too hard.
  6. Pop the baking trays into the preheated oven and let the biscuits bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until they turn a lovely golden brown. The tantalizing aroma will fill your kitchen, building anticipation for the treat that awaits!
  7. Once baked to perfection, carefully transfer the biscuits onto a wire rack to cool. Take a moment to appreciate their golden hue and the tantalizing scent that wafts through the air.
  8. Now, here’s the hard part—waiting! Allow the biscuits to cool completely on the wire rack. Patience is a virtue, and it will be rewarded with biscuits that are either delightful when served warm or equally scrumptious when enjoyed at room temperature.

Voilà! Your Dorchester Biscuits are now ready to be savored and shared. They pair wonderfully with a cup of tea or as an accompaniment to a cheese platter. The combination of mature cheddar, a hint of cayenne pepper, and the satisfying crunch of mixed nuts will leave your taste buds in awe.

So, my dear bakers, I encourage you to immerse yourselves in the joy of creating these delightful treats. Share them with loved ones, serve them at gatherings, or simply indulge in a moment of self-appreciation with a cup of tea and a biscuit or two. Happy baking!

Cake Baker