I got the urge to bake last weekend. I’m not the world’s best chef, but I do like to try my hand at cooking and creating recipes when I can.
It’s fun to come up with ideas for meals that my children will enjoy, or to create homemade versions of the snacks they enjoy.
Olivia is really enjoying cheese straws at the moment. Her nan will often buy a box from the supermarket so that Olivia can snack on them after school. With this in mind, I thought it’d be a nice idea for us to make our own.
Easy cheese straws recipe.
Cheese straws can be surprisingly simple to make and the whole family agreed that our straws (or ‘cheese twists’ as Olivia described them) were very tasty.
This recipe will make about 10 cheese straws in total, depending on how thick you want your straws to be.
What you will need
- 1 x sheet of low fat, ready to roll puff pastry
- 2 x light, soft cheese triangles
- 1 x egg
- 1 x bowl of finely grated ‘hard’ cheese (the variety of this doesn’t matter, but low fat options will obviously be slightly healthier)
- Baking parchment
What you will need to do
- Preheat your oven to 200°C / 392°F.
- Unwrap the 2 soft cheese triangles and soften them in a microwave. I heated them for about 15 seconds or so.
- Unroll the low fat puff pastry sheet and spread the warm, softened cheese over the whole sheet.
- Sprinkle cheese over the top of the entire puff pastry sheet.
- Fold the sheet in half and press down on it to ensure all edges are together. All cheese should now be inside the sheet.
- Using a pizza cutter, cut the puff pastry sheet into thin strips.
- Take each strip by the ends and gently twist, turning your hands in opposite directions.
- Lay each strip onto an oven tray lined with baking parchment.
- Beat the egg and using a pastry brush, brush the egg over the top of each twist.
- Sprinkle a small amount of cheese over the top.
- Bake your twists for 12 minutes, or until they turn a golden brown.
- Once cooking is finished, remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Serve immediately, or store them in an airtight container.
Tip 1: sprinkle flour into your hands before you handle the pastry. This will stop it from sticking to you.
Tip 2: as you twist the pastry, stretch it out at the same time. You’ll get longer and more defined twists.
This easy cheese straws recipe is really flexible and versatile. You can keep your straws simple or add other flavours and textures to the middle of your puff pastry.
If you give this recipe a try, feel free to drop me a comment and let me know how it goes!