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David Macdonald
May 2007

Walnut Grove Recipes

Water Biscuits (for cheese)

  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 large tsp baking powder
  • 1 large tsp salt
  • 25ml olive oil
  • 125ml water
  • Sesame & poppy seeds for garnish


1. Mix the flour, baking powder & salt together, then slowly add the olive oil and water until the mixture resembles a dough.

2. Turn out onto a flat surface and knead for about 2 minutes.

3. Roll out with rolling pin until wafer thin, cut into desired shapes. Transfer onto a non-stick baking tray (or a tray with a non-stick baking mat), brush with a little water and sprinkle with either poppy or sesame seeds.

4. Bake in oven at 160°C about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

5. Leave to cool and store in an airtight container.

Serving Suggestions

To be served with cheese, but is can also be served with dips

Advanced Preparation

Can be made the day before serving and kept in an airtight container.

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