Dainty cheese straws recipe

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  • Vegetarian
makes: 40
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 25 min
Cooking: 15 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 211 kCal 11%
Fat 14g 20%
  -  Saturates 8.5g 43%
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  • These thin cheese straws are perfect for those who want a light canape to serve your guests, rather than a larger cheese straw.

    This cheese straw recipe produces a smaller version of the original and is a tasty update of an old favourite from Woman’s Weekly’s April 1912 feature titled ‘cheese dishes for menfolk’ – although of course this time we would prefer they are for everyone!

    Perfect for little children who only want to eat a small portion of everything.


    • 175g (6oz) plain flour
    • ½ tsp mustard powder
    • Good pinch of salt
    • 90g (3oz) butter, diced
    • 90g (3oz) mature Cheddar, or Parmesan, finely grated
    • 1 medium egg yolk
    • 2 baking trays, lined with non-stick paper
    • If you want to make simple cheese straws then use our main recipe
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    • Set the oven to Gas Mark 6 or 200°C. Sift the flour, mustard and salt into a large mixing bowl. Rub in the butter, and then stir in the cheese. (Or put everything in the food processor.)

    • Mix to a fairly firm dough with the egg yolk and 4 tsps water. Knead to a round on a lightly floured surface and roll out to 5mm (¼in) thick. Cut into straws about 15cm (6in) long. Lay them on baking trays. Re-roll the trimmings and make some more straws.

    • Bake for 12-15 mins until light golden. Leave on the tray to firm, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool. Serve with a dip made with crème fraîche and smoked paprika, if you like. They will store in an airtight tin for a few days.

    Top tip for making Dainty cheese straws

    Woman's Weekly said at the time: 'It's nice to have a few dainty dishes that are inexpensive and which provide a change from the usual fare.'

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