Homemade Cheese Straws

Whilst on our way back from town the other day, SmallSmall spied the jaunty red awning of a certain High St baker, and asked for a cheese straw.
For some unknown reason, instead of saying “Yes” and handing over 60p an having a contented child (for five minutes), I responded with “Noooo, you don’t want one of those, we’ll go home and make some cheese straws”!. Which sounds great, but when you are 3, and you want a cheese straw, having to wait an hour or two to get one, is really not so great. Foolish mummy.

Anyway, we went home, and I did attempt to improvise cheese straws, all the while fending off repeated “Are they ready yet”s.
In short, these are not the sort of thing to attempt with a hungry and impatient 3 year old, but they are pretty yummy…

This is what you need:

  • 500g puff pastry-I made some-250g plain flour, pulsed with 250g cold butter-you should still be able to see lumps of butter. Add small amounts cold water and stir together with a knife until it comes together. Shape into a round, and put in the fridge for 1hr
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  • Grated cheese-I can’t remember how much, maybe 10-200g?

This is what you do:

  • Roll out your puff pastry into a rough rectangle and sprinkle with grated cheese
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  • Fold into thrids (like an A4 letter), roll again, and sprinkle with more cheese
  • Fold into thirds, roll again and fold into thirds again
  • Chill for 1hr
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C
  • Roll out until it’s ‘quite thin’ (a couple of mm), and then cut into slices about 3cm wide
  • Place the strips onto a lined baking sheet, and then sprinkle with yet more cheese
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  • Bake in the oven for 10-15mins until risen and golden
  • Wait a couple of minutes before devouring otherwise you will burn your mouth…

These are delicious, and taste “like the ones from the bakers”-high praise from the Smalls…!
I have frozen some too, and am pleased to report that they seem to withstand this well.

 

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15 thoughts on “Homemade Cheese Straws

  1. Lovely – this is really interesting as I posted my own experiments with cheese straws recently and they are completely different.

    Mine uses shortcrust pasty and a little mustard powder and the cheese is mixed in with the dough. I’m going to have to try both and get the family to vote on their favourite.

  2. My Nana was always asked to make the cheese straws for fundraisers/whist drives/charity dos in the village – I remember grating the cheese for her…in a washing up bowl, such was the quantity!! Oh my aching arms!! ;-)

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