These cheese straws have legendary status among our kids, as their grandma always visits with a big tub of them. They’re slightly harder work than the puff pastry ones, but also less greasy and still very simple. They work best with a nice strong cheddar. This recipe makes around 20/24, so halve the quantities if you want less (but bear in mind that our children polished off twenty in an afternoon when we weren’t paying attention).
- 200g self-raising flour
- Pinch of mustard powder (optional but adds a nice flavour)
- 100g butter
- 150g cheese, grated
- 2 eggs, beaten
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c/gas 4.
2. In a large mixing bowl, rub the butter into the flour until it’s like breadcrumbs.
3. Add the grated cheese and enough egg to form a stiff dough (you may not need all the egg).
4. Roll the dough out thinly (about 5mm) and cut into strips of your chosen size. Move them carefully onto two lined trays.
5. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes, until started to go golden on top. Don’t overbake.
6. Cool for a couple of minutes on the tray, then move to a wire rack.
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