Who loves cheese?
These are slightly different from the cheese crackers. Those ones were cheddar and onion, and these are parmesan and chilli. YUM.
These also had a different texture. They were very crumbly. Like, you would pick up one of the looong sticks and it would snap in half. And then when you eat it it sort of melts and dissolves in your mouth. In a good way. In an amazing way!
I made these last Sunday afternoon, in a moment of boredom. I have Sundays off now, my one day off at the end of an otherwise crazy week, and to be completely and utterly honest, I didn’t know what to do with myself.
I hadn’t made any plans because I wanted a lazy day off, and after I did a few assignments and a bit of home stuff, I was at a loss for what to do in order to “relax”.
What do you do to relax? Because I had totally stalked foodgawker, tastespotting, pinterest and the blogs I subscribe to already until there was no more stalking left to do. And that’s what I usually do in my downtime. Glue myself to my laptop. Because I’m really cool.
So, in my boredom, I made these straws. Then I went and bought a few beers. And I sat down with my mother and we devoured the whole lot.
- 100g plain or wholemeal flour
- 100g cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 100g parmesan cheese, grated (or whatever yellow cheese you have, I used a little cheddar too)
- ½ tsp chilli powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 egg yolk
- Preheat the oven to 200 C and line 2-3 trays with baking paper.
- Using an electric mixer on a low speed, combine the flour and butter until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
- Add the cheese, chilli, salt and pepper, and mix until combined.
- Add the egg yolk and mix in by hand.
- Shape the dough into a rectangle and on a lightly floured surface, roll it out until it is 5mm thick.
- Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice into 1cm straws. Cut in half, and place on baking trays.
- Bake for 7-8 minutes, until golden. Makes 5o straws.
Adapted from Our Kitchen.