I’ve hardly set foot in the kitchen for weeks, so it was nice to make these simple cheese straws for an event. I haven’t made cheese straws since I was a child, but I think it could be fun to experiment with different kinds of cheese as they’re easy and a good snack. One of the few advantages of being an adult is that you can play with your food with gay abandon and without fear of reprisals. I went with Jenga.

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The recipe is adapted from ‘Everyday baking’. I got 23 two-bite straws from this recipe.

I’ve never seen cumin seeds used in this way before, but I really like it. The straws with the cumin seeds have great pops of flavour.

Ingredients

  • 115g/4oz plain flour
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1tsp curry powder
  • 55g/2oz butter
  • 55g/2oz cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Selection of seeds for sprinkling. I liked cumin best, and also used golden linseed and sesame

Method

1. Sift the flour, salt and curry powder into a bowl and rub in the butter until you get breadcrumb consistency

2. Add the cheese and about half of the egg and form into a dough

3. Wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for half an hour.

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4. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment, or lightly grease. Preheat oven to 200C/400F (175C/350F fan).

5. Either flour your work surface or line with greaseproof paper. Roll out dough to 5mm thick (use cookie slats if you have them)

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6. Cut into strips, around 7.5/1cm (3×1/2in), pinch lightly along the sides and transfer to baking sheet.

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7. Brush with the remaining egg and sprinkle with your choice of seeds.

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8. Bake for 10-15 mins, until golden.

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Eat.

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