Sunday, 6 July 2014

Parmesan Shortbread with Smoked Paprika and Black Sesame Seeds

Happy Sunday friends! How is everyone doing?

I am currently taking a break from packing and I want to share with you a little something tasty for your next dinner party. These Parmesan shortbread are so good to pass around for nibbling with pre-dinner drinks/cocktails. And I do love to nibble before dinner, you know, little bites to whet the appetite.

I often make this 'plain' with just the Parmesan, but the addition of smoked paprika gives the shortbread a bacon-like flavour... and as Ina Garten would say, how bad can that be?! If you want some heat, you can also add a little cayenne pepper. And I chose black sesame seeds really just for aesthetic purpose. You can omit that if you don't want to risk having black sesame seeds stuck between your teeth, especially when having a party.

The shortbread dough is incredibly easy to make and the great thing is, once the dough is made, you can roll it straightaway without having to chill it in the fridge first. You can also make this a couple of days in advance and they keep well in an airtight container. Just be sure to keep them away from sight because they won't last long :)

Have a great day everyone!   


Parmesan Shortbread with Smoked Paprika and Black Sesame Seeds

150 gr butter
1 tsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/s tsp ground white pepper
1-2 tsp smoked paprika, depending taste
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
175 gr freshly grated Parmesan cheese + extra for sprinkling
250 gr plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg, lightly beaten for brushing
2 tbsp black sesame seeds

In a bowl, using a free-standing or a hand-mixer, cream the butter, sugar, salt, pepper and smoked paprika until light and fluffy.  Add the one egg and one egg yolk and mix again to combine, followed by the Parmesan cheese.

In another bowl, sift the flour and baking powder. Now, using a spatula, fold in the dry ingredients into the buttery cheese mixture until it becomes a dough. 

You can roll the dough on a well floured surface, but I find it easier to roll it in between two non-stick parchment paper.  Roll the dough to the thickness of half a centimeter. Cut it with a knife into bite-size rectangles or use a cookie cutter. Arrange the shortbread on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Preheat the oven to 160 C.

Brush the shortbread with the lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with extra Parmesan and the black sesame seeds. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, rotating halfway through. Let the shortbread completely cool before storing in an airtight container.

26 comments:

  1. These do sound the perfect dinner canapé...but I don't think they'd last that long in our place!

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    1. They didn't last long at our place either. They were long gone :(

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  2. Happy Sunday! These look amazing! I'm more a fan of savoury than sweets, so love the twist on a classic sweet biscuit with parmesan and paprika x

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    1. Thanks Shu. These savoury shortbreads are so addictive.

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  3. Oh, how clever you are! A little savory shortbread ??? Too terrific! I love the idea of passing them with some dry Riesling ...

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  4. wow look at the flaky layers! They are amazing and definitely won't last long in our house, keeping them away from sight or not..

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    1. Thanks Angie. They're really flaky and you can't stop after one...

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  5. This is stunning. Perfect to serve as an appetizer to guests and a glass of bubbly too.

    Velva

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    1. Definitely. I couldn't agree more.

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  6. these look wonderful and were very popular when I shared on twitter

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing them. Much appreciated Rebecca!

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  8. What a great appetizer... I want to have a dinner party just so I can make them. Wait, I don't need a dinner party, that would mean other people would eat them and there would be less for me :) They look beautiful!!

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    1. Thank you so much Jenn. No need for a dinner party. Go on treat yoself! :)

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  9. Looks great! Very sophisticate looking pic.

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  10. There you go again, wowing the ladies. (They do look nice.)

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  11. They look so uniformly yummy :D

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  12. Michael, these savory shortbread with parmesan just sound delicious...
    Enjoy the rest of your week :D

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    1. Thank you Juliana. They really are delicious. Have a great week to you as well.

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