Simple cheese straws
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
This simple cheese straw recipe is easy to make and not to mention easy to eat! These easy cheese straws are an old fashioned favourite loved by adults and children alike. This simple recipe uses Lancashire cheese for the cheese straws but you can use Cheddar or Red Leicester for a different flavour. The addition of smoked paprika pepper makes them full of flavour. Serve them with drinks or simply as a tasty little snack anytime. It will take only 15 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook these delicious straws. This recipe makes 24 straws - perfect for picnics and parties!
- 100g plain flour
- Pinch salt
- 1 tsp smoked paprika pepper
- 50g butter or margarine
- 50g Lancashire cheese, grated
- 1 egg yolk
- A little cold water to mix
You can use the same pastry to make 12 tartlets. Bake blind for 10 – 15 minutes then cool and fill each tartlet with 75g chopped prawns mixed with 175g cream or cottage cheese.
- Sift the flour into a bowl with the salt and paprika pepper.
- Rub in the butter or margarine until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir in the cheese.
- Add the egg yolk and then bind together, adding a little cold water to form a stiff dough.
- Roll out the dough thinly on a floured board and cut into 7.5cm strips. Cut each strip into thin straws.
- Arrange the straws on a greased baking tray and bake for 10 – 15 minutes until golden brown.
- Leave the straws to firm up on the baking tray and when transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.