It can be difficult to find party food that looks yummy to kids and tastes great, while still trying to avoid nasty hidden sugars. Even the friendly looking gluten free Pom-Bear crisps contain sugar.
So we always make the same sugar free treats for my own kids' party meals and have never looked back since they went down so well at the first nerve-wracking party – home-made sausage rolls and ketchup, spelt sandwiches, crudities and always cheese stars. We make an extra batch to munch on during the hectic lead up to parties and pop a few in the lunch boxes during that week. They are very much in demand…
Cheese Stars(makes around 50)
100 g white spelt flour
50g unsalted butter (softened)
160g grated red Leicester
If you’re baking the stars straight away, then preheat your oven to 200 degrees and line two or three baking trays with greaseproof paper. Make sure the butter is at room temperature or a little warmer and place it in the food processor with the grated cheeses, cayenne powder and sifted spelt flour. Allow the ingredients to come together. It will look a little crumbly when it is done, but when you knead it together ever so slightly after you have taken it out of the processor it will turn into a big orange lump of soft dough.
If you’re not using the dough straight away, wrap it up in cling film and place it in the fridge or freezer. (The dough defrosts really quickly). If you are baking, roll out the dough onto a floured surface and with a star biscuit cutter cut out the stars. I use a 2-inch star-shaped cutter, but you can use any shape you like. Place the stars on the baking trays and place in oven for 7-8 minutes. They get crispier when they are cooling.
I can promise these will be eaten so quickly, you will be preparing your next batch before you know it.