I am a big cheese straws fan. But the ones you can buy from supermarkets are just not right – the cheese often tastes a bit burnt and they’re a bit dry.
I am also a big fan of baking with my kids. But I hate mess. I hate when I have to spend half an hour clearing up the kitchen after baking fairy cakes.
So I’ve honed the perfect cheese straws recipe (although in this instance we made cheese stars because the Little One wanted to help and he loved cutting out star shapes!) It’s my go-to for a quick hosting or for my eldest’s school parties. Sending in home-made cheese straws makes me feel like superwoman, even though I’ve basically just rolled flour, butter and cheese together and shoved it in the oven.
Which sounds ridiculously easy. That’s because it is.
You can use and egg yolk to wash the cheese straws to help them turn a more golden brown but when I’m doing this with the kids, I never bother – and they still taste just as good.
Servings: Around 20 cheese straws (depending on thickness) 10cm x 1cm
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
- 100g plain flour
- 50g butter
- 75-100g cheddar cheese
- (Optional) 1 egg yolk, beaten
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / gas mark 6
- Add the flour and butter to bowl. Using fingertips, rub butter into flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Grate cheese (decide on how cheesy you want them – I use the full 100g because I love my cheese but this is your call!) on one of the smaller sides of the grater. Use hands to mould it all into a ball. You may need to add small amounts of water – a little at a time – to bring it all together. Pop this in the fridge for five or ten minutes. This is only to make it easier to roll so it basically just needs to ‘chill’ a bit.
4. After the dough has chilled, sprinkle plain flour on a clean surface and roll the dough out as thin as you dare! If you have kids, they love doing the cutting out (if making shapes). Otherwise, simply cut the dough into strips 10cm x 1cm and lay on a baking tray. You don’t need to grease the baking tray – the quantities of fat in the butter and cheese ensure that these cheese straws just slide off the tray after cooking.
5. If you want to, you can brush them with beaten egg yolk at this point but this is not imperative – it simply allows them to be a little more golden and crisp.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for around 10/15 minutes until they start to brown.
7. Allow to cool and try desperately not to eat them all in one sitting!
That’s it – easy, peasy and very very cheesy!