Simple cheese straws recipe

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makes: 24
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 15 min

Nutrition per portion

RDA
Calories 40 kCal 2%
Fat 2.7g 4%
  -  Saturates 1.6g 8%
Carbohydrates 3g 2%
  -  of which Sugars 0.1g 0%
Protein 1.1g 2%
Salt 0.09g 2%
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  • This simple recipe for tasty cheese straws is easy to make and the results are even easier to eat.

    Put a tray of cheese straws out at any time of the day and we can guarantee they’ll be gone in a flash. Utterly moreish, these flaky, cheesy nibbles use Lancashire cheese but if you don’t have any, a good mature Cheddar or even Stilton would work. The key is picking a really full-flavoured fromage. The addition of smoked paprika pepper gives these cheese straws a twist but if the flavour isn’t one for you, you could  switch it out for herbs or coarse black pepper.

    Ingredients

    • 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

    Method

    • 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.

    Top tip for making cheese straws

    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.

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