Cheesy Number Biscuits

Skill level:2

Preperation time:30 minutes
Makes: 20 biscuits

  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC/gas mark 5.
  2. Place the flour, mustard and seasoning into the bowl of a food processor with the diced butter and process until the mixture forms a fine breadcrumb consistency. If you do not have a food processor, simply place the flour, mustard, seasoning and butter in a large bowl and rub in the butter with your fingers until it forms a fine breadcrumb consistency.
  3. Add the cheeses and the egg yolk and process until the mixture forms a ball - do not over process. If making by hand, simply mix in the cheeses and egg until the mixture comes together in a ball.
  4. Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly. Roll out the mixture until approx 5mm thick. Using numbered cutters or cutters of your choice, cut out 20 biscuits. Re-roll any trimmings until all the mixture has been used up.
  5. Place the biscuits on a lightly greased baking tray and brush the tops with the remaining beaten egg white. Sprinkle over a few poppy seeds.
  6. Cook in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 2-3 minutes. Then remove the biscuits from the baking trays and transfer to a cooling rack to cool.
  • 200g Neill's plain flour, sifted
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • 175g butter, chilled and diced
  • 85g cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • 55g parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • poppy seeds to garnish
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • food processor or large bowl
  • bread board
  • rolling pin
  • cutters (number or other shapes)
  • baking tray
  • pastry brush
  • measuring spoons
  • oven gloves
  • cooling rack