Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cheese straws

The humble cheese straw has fallen out of favor. And yet with its five simple ingredients, it is perfect for an impromptu gathering and lends itself to endless variations. You could also serve them as an accompaniment to Lenten soup. I am partial to the recipe below, which can be pushed through a cookie press, rolled out and cut with a cookie cutter, or sliced for a more rustic look. You can make the dough ahead of time and keep it at the ready in your fridge for several weeks.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3T water
  • 1 t paprika
Preheat oven to 375. Stir flour and baking powder together. Cut in cheese and butter with a pastry blender. Add water and mix well. Shape as desired. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

oops! Looks like you've listed 3 TBSP butter when you mean 3 TBSP water.