Everyone is busy stocking up food for Christmas, but I am doing just the opposite. I am focusing on eating food in the fridge to limit spoilage and waste. We will be travelling this Christmas.
I am an eco-friendly and frugal shopper and I usually plan meals well. I heard that in the UK, we waste food worth £470 per the average household a year, rising to £700 for a family with children. This does not happen to us and I want to keep it that way.
We are doing well so far and I think we can leave an almost empty fridge behind if I don’t shop much anymore.
However, some products are not too easy to consume quickly, for example, cream cheese. It feels like a struggle to make your way through the entire cream cheese container.
Cream cheese can be an alternative to butter. It has less calorie so, it is good if you are watching your waist line. I used it to bake muffins in the past and that worked well.
I came across this biscuit recipe in Japanese Cookpad: Cream cheese biscuit.
To make 15-20
50g cream cheese
50g margarine or butter
1. Pre-heat the oven to 170C.
2. Mix cream cheese, margarine and sugar. Add flour and combine well and roll the dough into a ball.
3. Wrap the dough with cling film and chill for 30-60 min.
4. Make 15-20 small balls from the dough or roll it out and cut out with cookie cutter.
5. Bake int he oven for 17-20 mins.
This is the easiest biscuit recipe ever!
I had low-fat cream cheese and margarine spread, but they worked just fine.
I had a lot more cream cheese left, so I made the second batch, adding cocoa powder this time. I increased the amounts of each ingredient a little, too, but as long as you keep 1:1:1:3 ratio, it works. I think you could use butter milk or fromage frais instead of cheese. You can use alomond powder or gluten free flour. Next time, I want to add chocolate chips. It is super versatile recipe and amazingly simple.
The dough does not contain much fat so it doesn’t spread much during the baking. It is soft and chewy inside. It isn’t too sweet, maybe it is less sweet than some of the morning breakfast cereals.
My son loved it. This is certainly one of our favorites.
In fact, it was so good that I am tempted to buy more cream cheese. Maybe after the trip.
Now, we need to start packing.