• 175g Plain flour
  • 75g Butter
  • 125g Mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¼tsp Pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • Marmite™ for spreading


  • STEP 1

    Preheat the oven to 190°C.

  • STEP 2

    Sift the flour into a mixing bowl.

  • STEP 3

    Cut the butter into pieces, add to the flour and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture has the consistency of fine breadcrumbs.

  • STEP 4

    Add the grated cheese and pepper.

  • STEP 5

    Beat the egg and add gradually to the dough – just enough to make it stiff.

  • STEP 6

    Wrap the dough in greaseproof paper and pop it in the fridge for 10 minutes.

  • STEP 7

    Lightly flour a clean work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle about 1 cm thick. Cut into strips (or straws) about 14cm x 1.5cm.

  • STEP 8

    Spread a thin layer of Marmite onto each straw.

  • STEP 9

    Either twist the straws in the middle or leave them straight, and place them onto a baking tray. Make sure they’re not touching one another.

  • STEP 10

    Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Then cool on a wire rack.

  • STEP 11

    Warm the Marmite slightly to make spreading easier. Try using small cookie cutters to make shaped savoury biscuits: ideal for lunch boxes.