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parmesan and sesame bites.

Parmigiano Reggiano and Sesame Bites
parmesan and sesame bites.

A little Christmas gift idea or perhaps as a festive snack for the family, these Parmesan and sesame bites are super easy to make and with only a few simple ingredients too. As part of a Christmas series with Parmigiano Reggiano, I'm embracing one of my favourite cheeses with three festive recipes. 

Parmigiano Reggiano is a hard, Italian cheese which has a PDO credentials. King of Cheeses, it's one of the world’s oldest and richest cheeses - still produced today as it was nine centuries ago. For hundreds of years, this very special product has only be allowed to be made in particular areas of Italy, with selected dairies and producers. The rules of cheese-making this way mean that it's always a high quality product which has a true ancient origin. The result is fantastic, I'm sure cheese lovers will agree.

parmesan and sesame bites.
Parmigiano Reggiano

The minimum maturation time for the cheese is at least 12 months, but only when it reaches approximately 24 months of age, is at its best. It can even be aged up to 36 months. You'll always recognise it by that signature rind too, as well as the official P.D.O. mark on the packaging.

A long ageing period is essential in building the aromas and texture of Parmigiano Reggiano, which is 100% natural. For this recipe, the Parmesan brings a certain freshness and slight salty flavour to the biscuit bites, which harmonizes with the nutty sesame and cracked black pepper. I have to admit, they're pretty moreish. Sorry about that.

Shopping list. 
(Makes around 40-50 small biscuit bites)
♥ 100g plain flour, plus extra for dusting your surfaces
♥ 100g unsalted butter
♥ 25g Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated
♥ 20g sesame seeds
♥ A little room temperature water
♥ Black pepper to season

Parmigiano Reggiano

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees c.

Step one. Crumble together the butter and flour between your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Step two. Add in your Parmesan cheese and half the sesame seeds. Form together into a ball, using a tiny bit of water at a time.

Step three. Dust your surface with flour and roll out your dough. Cut out your shapes and add to a lined or non stick baking tray.

Biscuit Recipe

Step four. Add the remaining sesame seeds and press into your biscuit dough with your finger.

Step five. Bake for 12-15 minutes until hard to the touch and golden. Allow to cool before tucking in - or adding to an airtight container or cute jar for a gift!

Will you be making any edible gifts this Christmas? Have you ever baked with Parmigiano Reggiano before?

In collaboration with Parmigiano Reggiano. Find out more about the cheese and traditional process over on the official Parmigiano Reggiano website.

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