Archive for October 3rd, 2022

During the final days of September, my brother came to visit, I hadn’t seen him for about a year. He was back for a month from his new home, abroad in the Caribbean. I thought I’d make the cheese sticks that we enjoyed so much during our early days of adulthood. I’ve updated the recipe below. They were very well received.

Cheese Straws


  • 280 g all-purpose flour

  • 5 g salt

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (cold), cut into small cubes

  • 110g cheese

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1-2 tbsp water


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Whisk the egg and water together until homogeneous, set aside.
  3. Add the flour, salt, butter, and cheese to the large bowl of your food processor. Plus a few times to mix thoroughly and add the egg and water and whiz until a smooth ball of dough forms.
  4. Roll the dough to an even thickness of about 2 mm between two sheets of parchment paper. Cut into even sticks. Bake for 10-14 minutes until lightly golden. Cool on a wire rack and serve. Baked sticks may be frozen, thaw in the fridge overnight and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

These are rather moreish, don’t let their unassuming look mislead you.

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