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Traditional English Recipe - Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws


6oz of plain flour
4oz of cheddar cheese
3oz of butter
1 egg
A large pinch of salt
A small pinch of cayenne pepper

1 beaten egg to glaze

  1. Grate the cheese finely.
  2. Mix the flour with the salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Rub in the butter using your fingertips, till crumbs form.
  4. Mix in the finely grated cheese.
  5. Whisk the egg and mix it into the flour mixture to form a dough.
  6. Knead the dough lightly and roll it out to 1/4" thickness.
  7. Cut the dough into strips 1/4" wide and 3" long.
  8. Place in straight lines on a greased and floured tray.
  9. Lightly brush the top of the strips with beaten egg.
  10. Heat the oven to 375°F.
  11. Bake for 10 mins, until the strips are light brown.
  12. Cool on a rack .


To bake: To cook in an oven.

To brush: To cover food with an even layer of liquid by applying it with a pastry brush, eg brush the pastry with beaten egg or milk to glaze.

To grate: To rub food downwards on a grater to produce shreds or slices of varying thicknesses.

To knead: To work a dough by hand, using a folding-back and pressing-forward motion. (Not to be confused with need - knead vs need.)

To mix: To beat or stir food ingredients together until they are combined.

To pat: To lightly tap or slap something with the hands.

To rub in: A method of incorporating fat into flour by rubbing the fat with the fingertips until it combines with the flour to form a mixture with a breadcrumb-like consistency, eg rub the butter into the flour and add enough cold water to form a smooth dough. Pastry, scones, cakes and biscuits are made using the rub in method.

To whisk: To beat a mixture vigorously with a whisk.

tbsp: Tablespoon (approx 15 ml)

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