Cheese Straws

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Makes

    40

Appears in

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago

Sweet Hands

By Ramin Ganeshram

Published 2018

  • About

Cheese straws are made from short pastry sprinkled with cheddar cheese and twisted into something akin to a bread stick. While the Guyanese are most noted for their skill with baking in general and items like cheese straws in particular, they are made in Trinidad as well.

Ingredients

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • ¾ teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped pimiento pepper
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • ¼ cup cold water

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, cayenne pepper powder, and ground mustard. Add the butter pieces and using a pastry cutter or fork, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture forms small “peas.” (Alternatively, you may place the flour mixture in the bowl of a food processor, add the butter pieces, and pulse until you achieve the desired consistency.)
  3. Place flour mixture in a bowl and add the grated cheese and pimiento pepper and mix well. Add beaten egg yolks and cold water and mix well to form a stiff dough.
  4. Flour a clean surface and roll the dough out until it is ¼ inch thick. Cut the dough into strips 4 inches long and ½ inch wide. Twist the sticks to form a spiral. (Alternatively, you may roll the dough ½ inch thick and cut into strips 4 inches long and ½ inch wide. Take a fork and holding the round side down on a dough strip, drag the fork down the length of the dough strip, pressing gently to create indentations in the dough.)
  5. Place the formed dough strips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove, cool, and serve as a snack.