Cheese Straws


Who loves cheese?

I loved these cheese crackers so much (thanks Erin!!), that I went on a hunt for similar recipes.


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.


CHEESE STRAWS
Adapted from Our Kitchen.

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)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 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.

14 Thoughts on “Cheese Straws

  1. Oh yum! Those cheese straws came out sooooooo perfect! I’m pretty much obsessed with everything you make :)

  2. These look lovely. I remember making them as a youngster. Never was this pretty!!!

  3. OMG!! These are gorgeous!!! Loved the composition of your photographs!

  4. Those are so pretty! I’ve never had cheese straws before but those look amazingly perfect. I’m happy that the cheese crackers inspired you. :)

  5. Perfect idea! Great for snack kids will enjoy this treats.

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  7. Andrea on July 29, 2012 at 9:13 am said:

    These were heavenly!! I made them cheddar and chili and they were thicker and shorter than the ones in your pictures, but still DELICIOUS!
    They were better than the onion and cheddar crackers, but I think that may be because there was double the amount of butter :)

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