The best cheese straws

    50 min

    Really easy and really tasty cheese straws. These go down a treat on their own or with a bowl of soup.

    Derbyshire, England, UK
    145 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 200g (7 oz) self raising flour
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
    • 125g (4 oz) unsalted butter, chilled and diced
    • 125g (4 oz) Parmesan cheese, grated
    • 2 medium eggs, one separated
    • 1 teaspoon English mustard
    • seasame seeds and poppy seeds to sprinkle (optional)

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Put the flour, cayenne and butter in a bowl and rub together with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then add the cheese.
    2. Add the whole egg and the other yolk, and the mustard. Mix to bring the mixture together.
    3. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead lightly for 30 seconds. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.
    4. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough with a floured rolling pin to measure roughly 23x30cm (9x12 in). Cut into 24 straws and carefully twist each straw twice. Lay the straws onto greased baking trays.
    5. Beat the reserved egg white with a fork until frothy. Brush the egg white over the cheese straws then sprinkle with sesame and poppy seeds.
    6. Bake in a preheated 180 C / Gas 4 oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or till golden.


    Instead of the self raising flour, you can use 200g plain flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder.


    The best cheese straws
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    Reviews in English (9)


    Very easy to make and the results were scrumptious. If you don't have any self raising flour, use plain and add 3 level tspn of baking powder to the quantity of flour.  -  13 Dec 2011


    Such an easy and yummy recipe my daughter couldn't get enough of them  -  28 Dec 2010


    These were delicious  -  17 Oct 2011