About this recipe:This recipe is one I have used many times and has never failed. They are lovely to snack on and are perfect for a party, This recipe is easy to bake and will never fail to please. One tip for making this recipe is to be as crazy with the ingredients as you like, e.g. adding basil, a different shape instead of a twist, different cheeses. This recipe makes around 20 straws depending on how much pastry you use.
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:15min › Ready in:45min
Firstly preheat your oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Get your oven trays and line with parchment or tinfoil, then lightly grease with oil or butter.
Now let's start baking! Once you're ready, sprinkle your flour all over a clean working surface then get out your puff pastry. Your pastry should be around room temperature so it will be easy to roll.
Roll out your pastry into a square, it needs to be about the thickness of a £1 coin. To make sure all of the ingredients (salt, pepper, and cheese) don't fall out, lightly paint your pastry with egg.
Then put as much pepper and salt as want on top (optional, or you can use a different ingredient, like mixed herbs). To give this this a more distinct flavour put more on than you would think is needed. Pat it down lightly so it sticks, then carefully fold your pastry in half one way and then the other, make sure it is in the shape of a square.
Now you'll need take out your rolling pin again and roll your block into a square, the thickness of a £1 coin. Again lightly paint it with egg, you'll need to place all of your cheese equally around your pastry (put in a little more than you think otherwise it'll taste more of salt and pepper than cheese). Pat down your cheese lightly so it sticks then fold over the pastry carefully and then again the other way, then roll your pastry out as thin as you can. If you would like to you can cover your pastry with egg and add more of the ingredients over the top (optional).
Cut your pastry into strips as long as you would like your cheese straw to be, twist it (the twisting technique takes practice so don't expect to get it straight away) and place it on your baking tray.
Then put the oven for around 10 to 15 minutes, the cheese should be melted, oozing out and they should be a darkish golden brown, they will harden and not be so squishy when you leave them to cool.
I think this is a great thing to make, it's so easy and fun to make, it's also great for family baking, but best of all it's delicious!