Jackie's Cheese Gems
Makes 8 mini loaves
140g (1 cup) flour
140g (1 cup) self-raising flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
large pinch of cayenne pepper
240g (2 cups) coarsely grated tasty cheese
1 egg (lightly beaten)
butter to serve
Preheat oven to 160'C. Lightly grease 8 mini loaf forms with baking spray or butter.
Sieve both flours, baking powder, salt and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl. Add cheese and mix.
Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add egg and 250ml (1 cup) of the milk. Gently mix with a wooden spoon until just combined and the mixture is neither dry nor sloppy. Beware of over-mixing. Add extra milk only if the mixture appears dry.
Divide mixture evenly into prepared loaf forms. Place into preheated oven and cook for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and crisp on top.
Remove from oven and cool completely. Remove from loaf tins. Proceed to next step, or store covered in pantry for up to 36 hours.
To serve, cut in half lengthwise. Heat a stovetop flat plate or barbecue plate to medium high and toast each half on each side. Alternatively, place each half into a preheated toasted sandwich maker, or panini machine, and toast both sides until slightly crispy. Serve hot with butter.