Cheese straws are my ultimate, go to, party food snack. They are quick to make and taste delicious, not to mention are incredibly moreish. I also love making them in the winter as they fill the home with wonderful smells and for me, nothing else comes close not cakes, bread or biscuits.
Camembert, brie, goats cheese, red leicester, edam, gouda – be prepared to be experimental; some cheeses melt better than others so you can play around with this recipe to see what suits your taste buds. In this recipe I have used red leicester and cheddar as they complement each other wonderfully!
Ingredients (Makes 10-12)
80g Red Leicester (grated)
80g Cheddar (grated)
160g Plain flour
Pinch of salt
½ Teaspoon of mustard
(50g grated cheese left until near the end of the recipe)
- Preheat the oven to 180ᵒc / Gas Mark 4 / 350ᵒF
- Mix together the butter and grated cheese. It doesn’t matter if it is roughly mixed.
- Add the flour, a pinch of salt and mustard to the mixture and stir.
- You may find it is not forming a dough yet so add a few teaspoons of water to bind all the ingredients.
- Once you have your dough, flour a clean surface and roll out the mixture to form a rectangle. I won’t provide measurements as I don’t use any!
- Use a knife to cut even strips (vertically).
- Grab two strips, pinch them together at the top and then twist and pinch together at the bottom.
- Space out the strips on a baking tray. (I always line mine with greaseproof paper)
- Sprinkle cheese generously on top of all the cheese straws. Press the cheese into the straw gently so that it melts on top.
- Bake for 13 minutes (or until golden with the cheese melted).
You can also add extras to the recipe such as paprika and be sure to try out substituting different cheeses.
Leave your comment and let me know what you think of the recipe!