Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Parmesan Sables

The idea for these Parmesan and Herbes de Provence Sables has been floating around in my head for a while. Initially they started as just simple Parmesan Sables but I found they needed something else to really make them sing. I thought of mustard or chives and various other herbs but then I remembered I had this in the pantry.

Herbes de Provence© by Haalo

In this particular mix you'll find a blend of of bay leaves, basil, nutmeg, rosemary, thyme cloves, savoury, white pepper, coriander and lavender - and it is the addition of lavender that gives it such an evocative aroma. You can easily substitute your own home made version made with a mix of the same herbs.

This is quite a cross country nibble - the sable from Brittany, the herbs from Provence and the parmesan from Italy and they all come together in a kitchen in Melbourne.

Parmesan and Herbes de Provence Sables© by Haalo

Parmesan and Herbes de Provence Sables
[Makes 50]

100 grams plain flour
100 grams grated Parmesan
100 grams butter, cut into small cubes
1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
1 egg

Place the flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Add the grated parmesan and pulse again to distribute it.

Sprinkle in the  herbes and the egg and pulse once more until a dough forms.

The dough will be soft and a bit sticky, that is fine - turn it out into a bowl and roughly divide it into two portions.

Flour a board and turn out one portion of dough, very gently roll it around the flour and then shape it to form a cylinder.

Wrap the cylinder in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to harden.

Repeat this process with the other portion of dough.

When the dough is firm you can now use. Cut the cylinder into even slices about ½cm thick.

Parmesan and Herbes de Provence Sables© by Haalo

Arrange these slices on baking paper lined trays living a little space around each. Bake in a preheated 160°C oven until golden brown - this should take around 15 minutes.

Let them rest on the trays for a few minutes before moving them onto wire racks to cool.

Parmesan and Herbes de Provence Sables© by Haalo

For such a small package they do carry a lot of flavour. They snap easily and with an initial crisp bite they then develop a slightly chewy texture - there's an excellent flavour of parmesan made a little more interesting by the Herbes de Provence.

Parmesan and Herbes de Provence Sables© by Haalo

There's certainly no need to add a topping or serve with a dip - these are a self contained savoury nibble. A perfect match to any pre-dinner drink or to quell those mid-afternoon hunger pangs.


  1. These look dangerous... I think I'd be able to eat the whole batch by my self... Yum!

  2. These look deliciously tasty. They would definitely not last long in my house.

  3. Something really delicious!!!!

  4. They are delicate looking almost like little cookies but not sweet. Might make for a tasty treat. I have a huge jar of Herbs De Provence I keep forgetting to use it! Good recipe.

  5. These Parmesan Sables look tasty. Thanks a lot for baking and sharing.


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