Archive for April 16th, 2011

I have been making Cheese Straws since I received my first food processor in 1987 (it came with a similar recipe). I am now making a different recipe but they still taste the same! This one is adapted from The Book of Christmas Foods by Janice Murfitt, published in 1989.

Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • pinch of cayenne (omit if you are serving to children)
  • 2 tbsp granulated garlic (or a flavour of your choice)
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (cold)
  • 1 cup dry grated Parmesan cheese (I buy any brand on sale and freeze)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1-2 tbsp water


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Put all dry ingredients into a food processor and process to mix well.
  3. Add the butter and process until coarse granules form.
  4. While the blades are running, pour in the egg and process until a soft ball forms. If this does not happen, drizzle little bits of water until a soft ball forms.
  5. Remove from processor and using a small amount of flour, roll out the dough to about 1/2cm thickness. Cut into 10cm x 1cm straws and position evenly on a cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-12 minutes until golden.
  7. Remove and allow to cool. This will store well in a cool, dark place.

Note: the Parmesan is generally very salty, which is why this pastry is not salted.
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