Cheese and Mustard Straws

15 May

These are always the best things at the start of a party, everyone likes cheese straws. They are so tasty and light for what they are; the perfect snack for any occasion!!! They are a favourite of my families and are always found around Christmas and any special occasion, sadly though they don’t seem to last long :/ sometimes barely 5 minutes!!

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Ingredients:
300g Plain flour
150g Butter
150g Cheddar cheese grated
2tsp Wholegrain mustard
3-4 egg yolks
Milk for glazing.

Estimated time: 30 minutes

Directions:

These are surprisingly easy and quick. Start off by weighing your flour and butter into a bowl and rub together until it resembles bread crumbs. If using a standing mixer be careful not to mix for too long otherwise it will form a dough!!

Once the mix resembles crumbs stir in the grated cheese and the 2tsp of mustard. Try to mix this as evenly as possible, simply because it will make the next part easier 🙂

Now I said 3-4 egg yolks, helpful I know! Start off with 3 egg yolks and stir it into the mix, you want the mix to come together and form a dough. If that happens with the 3 yolks then don’t worry about the 4th. If it doesn’t come together even with the 4th then add a tiny bit of water until the dough does form.

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Turn the dough out onto a floured table and knead it together, this shouldn’t take long but will help you to roll it out without it cracking! Once you have kneaded the dough together carefully start rolling it out to about 5mm thick. If you want them a bit thicker be my guest it won’t make any difference 🙂

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Once rolled out cut the cheese straws into what ever shape you want…me being boring and at this point in time slightly ill 😦 I have chosen to make simple rectangles, if you roll it thin enough you can even carefully plait it!!!!

Once all the shapes are cut place them on a lined tray with some space in between them. Now pour a small amount of milk into a bowl and using a pastry brush glaze each straw with the milk, this will help to make them shiny once cooked. To finish these off cover each straw with some more grated cheese. This cheese can either be normal cheddar, or if you’re feeling really fancy you can use Parmesan or any other cheese of your choice!!

Bake these in the oven at 180c for roughly 10-15 minutes. When they re done they will be a lovely golden colour and will have risen slightly. They will be firm to touch and smell amazing!!!! Be careful not to over cook them as they get slightly firmer as they cool 🙂

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There you have it, nice and easy but super tasty!!!! And now that theses are baked you just need the rest of the party and away you go :p of course you don’t need to have a party! Enjoy guys, hope you like them 🙂

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