Writing group on Monday… might mean cheese straws!

It’s my family history writing group on Monday… this might mean cheese straws! At about half time we have a break for tea/coffee/biscuits/cake etc, and sometimes I bake something… so maybe I might do something savoury, something easy, like cheese straws.

I have several recipes, and I realised they were all rather similar so I’ve combined and adjusted them. The original recipes used gluten-free flour, which I think gives a lovely crisp texture, but you can easily use ordinary plain flour!

Monday writing group cheese straws

  • 8 oz fine whole meal flower plus 1 tbsp baking powder, or 4 oz each plain white flour and white spelt flour
  • 1 pinch each cayenne pepper and black pepper
  • pinch of salt, optional, ditto sugar
  • 2 oz butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten, plus milk as needed to make a soft dough
  • 4 oz grated cheese
  1. put flour, peppers and butter in a bowl, rub together until they’re like breadcrumbs.
  2. mix in cheese, reserving a little to sprinkle on top
  3. add eggs one at a time, and adding milk as necessary, and pull together to a soft dough
  4. rest for 5-10 mins (unless you’re in a hurry) then roll out on a floured board, roll out to preferred thickness
  5. sprinkle over reserved or extra cheese and a little more cayenne then cut into strips/triangles/circles/ twists etc and place on a greased, lined, baking tray (sprinkle on more cheese if you think it needs it)
  6. bake at 220°c, 425°f, gas 7, for 10-12 mins until golden and crispy



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