Savoury Biscuits

84 pence for a packet of water biscuits; they're having a laugh! I couldn't believe it when I looked in the supermarket - 84 pence! After all they're only flour, oil, salt and water!

Now, I've made water biscuits before and it's really too hard for me to roll them out thinly enough. Had I thought I could have made them and rolled them out using my pasta machine.

Anyway, here's my recipe for a basic biscuit for cheese, pâté, or any other of those little bits of food that posh people serve.


125gm Plain flour
25gm Olive, other oil, or butter
½tsp Baking powder
Pinch of salt
Water to mix


Mix the oil with the flour salt and baking powder, or if using butter, rub it in. Add water and mix to a stiff dough, then leave it to rest in a plastic bag on the work surface for 20 minutes or so. Roll out on a lightly floured surface as thinly as possible; you can incorporate any topping you like; black pepper, paprika, ground cumin, herbs, seeds etc whilst rolling the dough. Cut squares or circles out of it. Prick each one with a fork a couple of times, unless that is, you want them to puff up. Bake at 200°C for about 10 minutes.

Savoury Biscuits

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