Whilst on our way back from town the other day, SmallSmall spied the jaunty red awning of a certain High St baker, and asked for a cheese straw.
For some unknown reason, instead of saying “Yes” and handing over 60p an having a contented child (for five minutes), I responded with “Noooo, you don’t want one of those, we’ll go home and make some cheese straws”!. Which sounds great, but when you are 3, and you want a cheese straw, having to wait an hour or two to get one, is really not so great. Foolish mummy.
Anyway, we went home, and I did attempt to improvise cheese straws, all the while fending off repeated “Are they ready yet”s.
In short, these are not the sort of thing to attempt with a hungry and impatient 3 year old, but they are pretty yummy…
This is what you need:
- 500g puff pastry-I made some-250g plain flour, pulsed with 250g cold butter-you should still be able to see lumps of butter. Add small amounts cold water and stir together with a knife until it comes together. Shape into a round, and put in the fridge for 1hr
- Grated cheese-I can’t remember how much, maybe 10-200g?
This is what you do:
- Roll out your puff pastry into a rough rectangle and sprinkle with grated cheese
- Fold into thrids (like an A4 letter), roll again, and sprinkle with more cheese
- Fold into thirds, roll again and fold into thirds again
- Chill for 1hr
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C
- Roll out until it’s ‘quite thin’ (a couple of mm), and then cut into slices about 3cm wide
- Place the strips onto a lined baking sheet, and then sprinkle with yet more cheese
- Bake in the oven for 10-15mins until risen and golden
- Wait a couple of minutes before devouring otherwise you will burn your mouth…
These are delicious, and taste “like the ones from the bakers”-high praise from the Smalls…!
I have frozen some too, and am pleased to report that they seem to withstand this well.