Cheese straws are a great thing to make if you fancy a bit of baking without all the washing up. They are quick to make, and you can get a bit creative if you fancy playing around with flavours. The recipe below is just for plain cheese straws, but you can add whatever you like. Cumin seeds are a nice addition, and you can try a variety of cheeses. If you have any pastes in your fridge, like sundried tomato paste or even marmite, you can brush a bit onto the strip instead of the milk.
This recipe takes 30 minutes, and makes approximately 18.
You will need:
- 1 sheet ready-rolled puff pastry (or you can buy in a block and roll yourself)
- 1 egg, beaten (or 50ml milk)
- 200g grated cheese
Preheat your oven to 200°C fan (or 180°C/Gas Mark 4/400°F) , and line two baking trays with baking paper.
Lay your sheet of pastry out on a clean surface- you want it to be landscape (as opposed to portrait).
Cut into 2cm strips – depending on the size of your pastry sheet, you should have about 15-18 strips. Brush each one with egg (milk can work if you don’t have an egg to hand) , then sprinkle over the cheese. Now is the time to add any extra toppings you’d like!
Beginning with the end furthest from you, twist the strip of pastry all the way to the end (don’t worry if some of the cheese falls out during the process!).
Once twisted, lay out on baking sheets and sprinkle over any remaining bits of cheese. Place in the oven for 15 minutes, until golden brown.