The kid’s favourite cheese straws
When I saw this recipe of mine, I felt ashamed. The kids used to love this soooo much, and I haven't made it in yonks. Shame on me.
They are crunchy, buttery, cheesy and a little spicy, just the right combination for curling up in front of the telly and a good program.
I had to double and tripple the recipe to keep up with demand, as the kids would much them at the speed of fibre optics.
|Cake flour||2 Cups|
|Good sharp cheddar cheese. I prefer white cheddar||2 Cups grated|
|Baking powder||1 teaspoon|
|Cayenne Pepper||1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon, depending on the zing you want|
How we go about it:
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Take parchment paper and grease on the one side, then place in the baking tray, buttered side down. Take it out and turn around, buttered side up. Spread it in the baking tray. It will stick nicely to the tray. There is this new indestructible type of baking sheets that don't stick without any greasing. You can try that too.
Then, the dough.
Combine the flour, baking powder, cayenne pepper, salt, grated cheese and butter or margarine in a bowl and mix until well combined. Add water a little bit at a time to make a very stiff dough.
On a lightly floured surface, roll pieces of the dough into just slightly thicker than pencil shaped sticks. Cut sticks into 10-12 cm lengths. Arrange the pieces on the baking sheet. Twist them a few times to get an interesting cheese straw.
Bake for about 5 minutes or until golden.
Let them cool on a cooling rack. They will be crispy and delicious!