An Idiots Guide To Cheese Straws

Morning Peeps!

Thought I’d share this recipe with you this morning; they’re ridiculously easy and cheap to make, great for parties and there are so many variations to have fun with, enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 8oz/200g Self-Raising Flour
  • 4oz/100g Margarine (or softened butter)
  • 6oz/150g Grated Cheese (good stuff with a tang like mature cheddar or red Leicester)
  • 2 Eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder (optional)

 

Instructions: 

  • Stir salt and mustard into flour
  • Rub in butter until you get breadcrumb look
  • Save back a little cheese for topping, but add in most of it (or you can dump it all in and grate extra for topping for extra cheesiness like I do 😉 )
  • stir in eggs and form into a dough (you can add one egg and some water if you’re short on eggs) … looking for pastry consistency, not too wet
  • Roll out and cut into strips (or any other shape)… for twisty ones you just turn the ends in opposite directions when you put them on the baking tray
  • Place on a baking tray…if it’s not a really good non-stick one, you may want to butter the tray or, better yet, put baking parchment down.
  • Top with extra cheese, poppy seeds, paprika…pretty much whatever you want
  • Bake for 15 mins 180C/GM4/350F until tops start to get golden
  • cool and serve, they’ll stay fresh in a sealed tub up to 3 days.

 

Tips:

  • The dough can be made in advance and frozen, then defrosted and used within 24 hours
  • You can add chopped cooked meat like ham or smoky bacon before adding the egg if you wish.
  • Make animal or festive shaped cheese biscuits from the dough instead; great with cheese board and sweet chutney *drool*

 

Happy munching!

Anna x

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