I was chatting with a young friend about cooking and we were looking in Great Grandma’s recipe book. His eyes widened when he saw the recipe for cheese straws! Do you mean…? How do they…?
We had a fun chat, imagining how good it would be to drink milk through a cheese straw. Then, being the sensible creature I am, I explained how the long thin biscuits looked a bit like straws. No hole in the middle, sorry. Still, I’m sure there’s a market out there, if someone’s prepared to tap it.
Finally, this was a recipe that went smoothly from start to finish. They were easy and are tasty, and all the measurements were there. I made them in the decidedly non-traditional manner, using my food processor. Once I added the egg white, the whole mix came together in a lovely ball, and rolled out easily.
So, here’s the recipe. I recommend it. It’s the best one since the ginger biscuits.
150g cheese, grated
1 cup flour
a pinch cayenne
1 egg white
Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F)
Put the grated cheese, flour, cayenne and butter in the food processor, and blitz it for a few seconds to chop the butter. With the motor running, drizzle the egg white down the chute. The mix will come together in a dough.
Roll out on floured board to about 3mm thick. Cut into straws about 1cm wide by 15cm long.
In honour of my young friend, wrap silicone paper around a wooden chopstick and wrap a bigger piece of dough around that to make a real straw. Bake for about 20 minutes until the straws are golden brown.
Cool on a rack before slipping the chopstick and paper out from the real straw.
Enjoy this straw in a glass of milk, and the rest of them however you wish!
Makes about 50