LIGHT BITES & SNACKS

POPPY SEED CHEESE STRAWS

By Sam | 17 April, 2016

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Cheese Straws were an integral part of my childhood, as was the bakery in south Devon where I first developed my cheese straw addiction. This variation works equally well as a delicious pre-dinner party nibble or a guilty afternoon treat.

As an extra indulgence, try serving these with cranberry sauce.

  • Author: Sam
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Ingredients

375g Puff Pastry

100g Extra Mature Cheddar, finely grated

100g Medium Cheshire, finely grated

75g Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated

75g Mature Cheddar Spread

2tbsp Poppy Seeds

1 Large Free Range Egg, whisked

1 Generous Pinch of Salt & Pepper

Plain Flour for Dusting

TO SERVE

Cranberry Sauce

METHOD

1. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface into a large rectangle where the length of the is roughly double it’s width until approximately 5mm thick. Mix together the grated cheese and evenly scatter approximately a third of the cheese over one half of the pastry along with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Now fold the other half of the pastry back over the scattered cheese like a book and then roll out the again to approximately 5mm thick.

3. Lightly spread the mature cheddar spread all over the pastry and then evenly scatter ¾ of the poppy seeds followed by half of the remaining grated cheese. Fold half of the pastry back on itself again like a book and gently press together. This does not need to be perfectly sealed at all.

4. Arrange the pastry so that the fold is facing away from you. Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry vertically into strips approximately 25mm thick. Twist each strip 4-5 times and arrange on the baking tray.

5. Chill the pastry in the fridge for 15-20mins.

6. Preheat the oven to 200 °C

7. Remove the pastry from the fridge and evenly brush with the egg wash. Sprinkle over the remaining grated cheese and poppy seeds and a pinch of salt and pepper.

8. Bake the cheese straws for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is well risen and golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before devouring.

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