Monday, 15 April 2019

Best Ever Cheese Straws

I may have mentioned these before as the recipe was already on the recipe page, but I'm a bit short of ideas for blog posts so thought they were due a re-print.

I made a big batch of these when the family were all here in early March. The box which was full on the Friday was nearly empty by the Sunday night.

Over the last few days I've made them twice more and put both lots in the freezer, one box full for Willows birthday party and another for Easter Sunday tea ( saving just a few to eat now of course)

8oz cold butter
12oz plain flour
Ground black pepper
Teaspoon mustard powder
1 egg
8oz Cheddar cheese - preferably nice and strong
Beaten egg to brush over

Rub butter into flour and salt, stir in 2oz of the cheese add egg and maybe a tsp ice cold water to make a stiff dough.
Wrap in cling film and chill for half an hour (I don't bother to do this and they are fine)
Then form dough into an oblong, roll out very thinly and sprinkle half the remaining cheese over half the rolled out dough. Fold over the plain bit and repeat....roll, sprinkle, fold.
Roll out again - just less 1cm thick trim the edges and cut into fingers, as neatly as possible
Brush with beaten egg.
(You could sprinkle some finely grated Parmesan or paprika over. I don't.)
  Lift with a spatula onto a greased baking sheet then hot oven 220C/gas 7 for 10 to 12 minutes.
Lift off tray with a spatula to cool on a wire rack.

Health Warning!
High calories and very more-ish

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  1. Thanks for the recipe I have pinched it from your blog

  2. They do look delicious, thank you for the recipe.

  3. I love cheese straws and yours look lovely.
    It looks a nice day and I am of to get the bus to Leighton Buzzard this morning its not to crowded than Saturday mornings.
    Enjoy your day.
    Hazel c uk

  4. Gosh, they look delicious.

  5. Those look and sound delish - will copy your recipe and give them a whirl. Make a nice change for taking to Fairs (where I hand round my cakes as a rule).

  6. ooh i may give them a go!!

  7. They would go down well at our party - if only my oven would work properly I would make some. Just making the celebration cake is going to be nerve wracking - my daughter has her oven on standby in case mine decides it is having a no go day.

  8. I haven't had Cheese Straws in years. My Grandmother once baked her secret recipe ones at a luncheon served to Their Royal Highnesses The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke was particularly taken with them and asked if he could please have some more.

  9. Dear Susan, I must be missing something . . . when do you add the mustard powder (can I use made mustard)? they sound delicious. Love Andie xxx

    1. Put it in with the flour. You can't do that with made mustard. You need to buy some Colmans mustard powder.

  10. I'm definitely going to do these, Sue, but not this week. I'm on my own, as hubby & son are away golfing and I'd eat them all! :)

  11. Definitely going to make these, Sue, but not this week. Hubby & son are away golfing and I'd eat them all! :)

  12. They look and sound amazing, but they're another thing best avoided if I want to keep all this weight off!

  13. I LOVE cheese straws! I am definitely going to give these a try when I can find some good, strong cheddar. It's not easy to find here. I think I've said it before, but when I go home Mum always buys a huge piece of cheese for when I stay. It's a must lol

  14. Thank you sounds delicious. Good to have a savoury snack recipe.

  15. Adore cheese straws. I am lazy and buy them from Thomas the Baker.

  16. Can't wait to make them! I love anything cheesy and these sound easy and yummy - who cares about the calories.

  17. Those look delicious and the recipe seems like something even I could do!

  18. Extremely moreish ... no wonder you froze the two other batches you made 😄

  19. cheese straws!, haven't thought or had them for ages....your recipe looks very easy and, for once, I have everything on hand....will try them this weekend, going to neighbors' for Easter.....