Cheese Straws

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Quick and easy to make – cheese straws are a versatile savoury biscuit that can be made with even the basic of skills – make in any shape and any size, there are no rules, except to enjoy! – use them as a snack or pre-dinner nibble, sandwiched with cream cheese for something more substantial, add herbs and spices to create additional flavours or create a “Jenga” tower … the list is endless!

 

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 10-15 mins

Ingredients

  • 100g/4oz Plain Flour
  • 75g/3oz Salted Butter slightly softened, cut into cubes
  • 75g/3oz Strong Hard Mature Cheese – our favourite is local producer – Lyburn Cheese – Garlic and Nettle
  • 1tsp Mustard Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200° Gas Mark 6
  2. Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix together gently by hand or in a machine until the dough comes together, being careful not to overwork the dough as you will lose that light crisp finish when baked.
  3. Lightly flour the work surface, tip dough out and bring together into a ball and roll out the dough until about 5mm thick (about the size of a pound coin), turning the dough every couple of rolls by 90°.   This will help keep the dough in as much in a rectangular shape as possible and will help ensure that you get as many straws cut from the “first roll” as possible to avoid the dough becoming tough.
  4. Cut into lengths of 10cm x 1 cm (or whatever shape you choose) and place on a baking tray
  5. Place in oven and cook for about 10-15 minutes until starting to turn golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and carefully remove from the baking tray and place on a cooling rack to cool.  Store in an airtight container.
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