Monday, May 21, 2012

Cheese Straws

I have had these tasty little treats elsewhere...but recently made them up at home.  They are quick to make and make a great addition to a buffet table...alongside other appetizers. 

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup butter, grated
  • 1/2 cup ice-cold water
  1. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper (or grease).
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, cayenne pepper, salt,  grated cheese and butter.
  3. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add water, a little at a time to form a stiff dough.
  5. On floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/4" thickness. (Work with half the pastry at a time.)
  6. Cut sticks into about 6" lengths, using a pizza cutter or sharp knife.
  7. Arrange pieces on the baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes, or until the straws are crisp and golden in colour.
  9. Yield: about 5 dozen straws.