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Cheese straws

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes approximately 36 cheese straws
Dietary Vegetarian
Flaky, buttery cheese straws are a party hit with kids and grown-ups. Crank up the mustard and pepper if you want more zing.


  1. Sift the flour and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until all the lumps are gone and the texture is like fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the cheese, mustard powder, cayenne, and egg yolks. Add 4-5 tablespoons of cold water and mix to a firm dough. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Roll out the dough to a square, roughly the thickness of a £2 coin. Cut the square in half, then cut each half into 1cm/½in strips. Transfer carefully onto the lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, until crisp, then leave to cool on the tray.


  • 375g/13oz plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 225g/8oz butter, diced
  • 150g/5½oz mature cheddar cheese
  • 50g/1¾oz freshly grated parmesan cheese (or a similar vegetarian hard cheese)
  • pinch English mustard powder
  • small pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 free-range eggs, yolks only

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