So, boat on lorry & heart in mouth, hoping she fits under all the motorway bridges.
Therefore I need some distractions. Shall I take all the boxes of books to the loft, or shall I make a batch of cheese straws? Cheese Straws it is.
These are known in my family as Nanny's Cheese Straws, as she is the expert at making them. She's just moved into a new residential home, so isn't doing her own cooking any more, so I am baking these on her behalf.
This photo is about a year old now, but I think it's a great one of Nanny, Emma & I.
The ingredients are all kitchen basics and the equipment you need is pretty minimal. I know this, as I decided to make them having spent yesterday packing up my kitchen. So, where I would normally have used a mixing bowl, I used a casserole dish and a highball tumbler substituted very well for a rolling pin.
225g self raising flour
100g lard ) the exact proportions & type of fats aren't important
50g marg/butter ) just make sure you use 150g in total
125g strong cheese, grated
Large pinch of: salt, pepper, paprika, mustard powder
Optional: Poppy Seeds
Thrifty tip: Use a bit less cheese and a bit more mustard powder - mustard powder always brings out the cheese flavour
- Weigh fats and flour and place into bowl. Rub in the fat until it looks like breadcrumbs
- Add the salt, pepper, paprika, mustard powder and (if using) poppy seeds
- Stir in the cheese
- Mix egg and add milk a little at a time until it is stiff enough to roll out
- Cut into strips or use cutters, as you prefer
- If you want to, you can brush the top with egg or milk and sprinkle with more grated cheese
- Bake at about 200c for about 13-15 mins
This is what it will look like after step 4, with some additional cheese sprinkled on top.
And this is the finish product!
Hope you enjoy making & eating them; I'm off to shift some boxes into the loft!