Start your meal with this nice plate: Cheese straws

Start your meal with this nice plate: Cheese straws

How to Make Cheese straws

Preparation time:

less than 30 mins

Cooking time:

10 to 30 mins


Makes approximately 36 cheese straws




  • 375g/13oz plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 225g/8oz butter
  • 150g/5½oz mature cheddar
  • 50g/1¾oz freshly grated parmesan
  • pinch English mustard
  • small pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 free-range eggs


  1. Sift the flour and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until all the lumps are gone and the texture is like fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the cheese, mustard powder, cayenne, and egg yolks. Add 4-5 tablespoons of cold water and mix to a firm dough.

  2. Wrap in cling film or a reusable plastic bag and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.

  4. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Roll out the dough to a square, roughly the thickness of a £2 coin. Cut the square in half, then cut each half into 1cm/½in strips.

  5. Transfer carefully onto the lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, until crisp, then leave to cool on the tray.

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