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Grandma Singleton's Famously Strong Lancashire Cheese Doughnuts

Serves 100 canapes



450g All-puurpose flour
200g Or so of freshly grated Grandma's Famously Strong Lancashire cheese
56g Melted butter, cooled
300ml Milk
1 Large egg
1 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt
A few steams of fresh thyme, about 1 teaspoon of leaves
Vegetable oil for deep frying



  1. Preheat the oven to 100 degrees C.
  2. Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.  In a small bowl combine the milk, melted butter and egg.
  3. Slowly whisk the the milk mixture into the flour mixture to avoid lumps, and mix until fully combined.  You need to aim to produce a sticky dough that holds a shape.  You may require less liquid so by adding the milk mixture gradually you will avoid creating a dough that is too wet.
  4. Fold the grated cheese and thyme leaves into the mixture, being careful not to knock any air out of the batter.
  5. Fill a large frying pan about 4cm deep with oil and heat until bubbling rapidley.
  6. Use your hand to form tiny popcorn sized dough balls, and roll between your palms to warm the mixture.  Drop 6 to 8 balls at a time into the oil.  Fry for 2 - 3 minutes then turn over and repeat for the other side, until golden brown.
  7. Line a baking tray with paper towel and place the dough balls onto the paper towel.  Whilst cooking the remaining batter keep the fried dougnuts on the tray in the warm oven.
  8. Perfect as an alternative canape for parties or as a savoury snack.