Stilton & poppy seed sablés

Stilton & poppy seed sablés

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Prep: 30 mins - 40 mins Plus chilling time


Makes about 30 biscuits
Sablé is French for sandy, which explains the crumbly texture of these pastries - given extra crunch by the addition of polenta

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per biscuit

  • kcal61
  • fat5g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 100g plain flour
  • 85g cold butter, diced



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • small pinch of mustard powder



    A condiment made by mixing the ground seeds of the mustard plant with a combination of…

  • small pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp polenta (this is optional but does add extra crunchiness)



    An Italian storecupboard staple, polenta has its roots in the peasant cuisine of northern Italy…

  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 100g stilton, crumbled (it's easier to use if taken straight from the fridge)



    A true glory of British cheese-making that has much controversy about its origins, how it's…

  • extra stilton to top the biscuits



    A true glory of British cheese-making that has much controversy about its origins, how it's…


  1. In a large bowl, rub together the flour, butter, mustard powder, cayenne, polenta (if using), poppy seeds, stilton and a pinch of salt, using your fingers and hands, until the mixture forms a pastry dough. Knead the dough briefly until it really sticks together and is very lightly speckled with tiny bits of cheese. You can be quite heavy-handed.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a sausage shape with your hands, about 25cm long and 4cm in diameter, then wrap in cling film and chill for at least 1 hour. (The pastry can now be chilled for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month. The pastry can be sliced and cooked from frozen but you need to cut it slightly thicker.)

  3. To bake the biscuits, preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5/ fan 170C. Slice the dough into rounds just under 1cm thick. Lay the rounds a couple of centimetres apart on a baking sheet (or two, if you are cooking all the biscuits at the same time). Put a very small piece of stilton in the middle of each biscuit, then bake for 10-15 minutes, until the edges are starting to go golden and the cheese is bubbling. Leave to cool slightly before serving. The biscuits will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight tin.

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Mary G
24th Nov, 2019
These are absolutely gorgeous either eaten on their own or with cheese. I have found that they stay crisp longer if you do not put the additional cheese on top. Bottom line is that they never last long enough to lose their crunch anyway!
17th Feb, 2015
I would give it 6 stars. I followed the recipe and they are crumbly, super tasty,so delicious ; I find really hard not to eat them all myself!.
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30th Apr, 2014
check this delicious jam sable recipe at marmite et ponpon
5th Jan, 2013
Fantastic recipe made these for 2012 hampers, we are just in to January and I have got to make more!! I did make a few alteration however, I ground mustard seeds instead of using powder and used semolina instead of polenta, great results either way I think!
22nd Dec, 2012
I've been making these every year since the recipe appeared in the magazine 10 years ago and they've never failed to disappoint. In fact they're such a hit with various friends and family that Christmas is hardly the same without them!
13th Dec, 2012
Not sure what I am doing wrong as other people are so complimentary. Made a very solid mixture which didn't spread on the tray so came out looking as they had gone in - not terribly attractive. Flavour was pretty strong to pair up as an accompaniment to other dishes. Trialled it in advance of using this recipe as an addition to the salmon Christmas starter dish as other people have suggested, but won't be using it now.
25th Oct, 2011
Wanted to try something new and stumbeled across this recipe. They taste AMAZING! I was really pleased with them (honestly they taste 100 times better than they smell).
12th Dec, 2010
I have made these every Christmas for the past 5/6 years and my whole family look forward to them every year!
30th Nov, 2009
I was rather disappointed by these. First of all, my mixture took on a grey hue, nothing like the picture above. Secondly, I decided to divide the batch into two, freezing half of the dough. The dough I used gave me 9 biscuits (and one tiny one) so far less than the 15 it should have turned out. And finally, the biscuits were not crunchy in any way, spongey would be more like it, although I did use the polenta. Not really sure what went wrong...
9th Jul, 2009
barney you are a star, love these,mmmmmmmm


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