Cheesy witches' fingers

Cheesy witches’ fingers

Nail-bitingly spooky savoury treats to nibble on.

By , 21 September 2015
Cheesy witches’ fingers
  • Ready in: 30 mins
  • Serves: 18
  • Price: 8p per serving
Nutritional Info
Each 26g serving contains
  • Fat 8.3
    12%
  • Sat Fat 4.4
    22%
  • Sugar 0.3
    <1%
  • Salt 0.3
    4%
  • Cals 124
    6%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 1996kJ/477kcal.
Ingredients
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1/4 level tsp mustard powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 100g butter, chilled
  • 100g extra mature Cheddar, grated
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 12 whole almonds
  • 12 flaked almonds
  • 1 level tsp paprika
  • Tomato ketchup, to serve
Method
  • Pre-heat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Sift the flour, mustard and cayenne, if using, plus a pinch of salt, into a bowl.

  • Rub in the butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Then stir in the cheese. Add the egg yolk and 2 tbsp cold water, and mix to a stiff dough. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to around 1.5cm thick. Cut into strips about 1.5cm wide and 7cm long.

  • Shape each of the dough strips to look like a finger, then mark halfway up with the back of a knife to look like knuckles. Toss all the almonds, whole and flaked, in the paprika. Stick one on the tip of each finger to look like a nail.

  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Carefully lift off each almond and put a dab of tomato ketchup where it was, to look like blood, then put the almond back on top. Leave to cool on a wire rack before serving.