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. 


Ingredients:
  • 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
 
Method:
  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.

Enjoy!