Can’t remember where I got the foot-shaped cutter from, but I bought it with this idea specifically in mind. I’m sure I read about these in a recipe book (possibly Nigella?) but I couldn’t find it when I looked, so I adapted a cheese straw recipe from a different book.
- Whizz 90g cold butter with 175g self-raising flour and a pinch of salt in a food processor until it looks like breadcrumbs.
- Mix in 30g finely grated parmesan and 30g finely grated cheddar, along with 1/4 tsp mustard powder and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper.
- With the motor running, add 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk to bind to a stiff pastry – you made need to stop the processor and do the final mixing by hand if the motor struggles.
- Turn on the oven to 190C.Wrap pastry in clingfilm and put it in the fridge to chill while the oven heats up.
- Roll out the pastry to about half a centimetre thick. Cut out feet or any shapes you fancy.
- Put on a baking tray – greased or lined with non-stick liner. Bake for 15 mins or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.
They would probably have benefited from a milk or egg wash but they look pretty good au naturel, I reckon. I also slightly undercooked them, as I was paranoid about burning them. *sigh* I’ll never get this baking lark right…