It's soooooo wet today. The rain has been pouring since we got out of bed and hasn't stopped. However this makes it a good day for sorting - much to the kids dismay!!! Bedrooms have been de-cluttered and de-junked!!!
Today I am showcasing some invitations I have started making for a very special couple - my in-laws will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in December and I am on a mission to make the invitations and get them in the post by the end of tomorrow so they will arrive in St Helena by the end of November (I hope).
Now as any St Helenian will know.....Cheese straws are featured highly at any party, or gathering within a St Helenian community. These fingers of crispy cheesy pastry are addictive....I mean once you start on them......the only point at which you can stop picking at them is when they are all gone. From a bakers point of view.......bake them when you're home alone and have lots of spare time........you will at least have some time to savour your effort.....before they disappear and you're left with nothing but the washing up!!!
Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C/300 degrees F/Gas Mark 2
8 oz/225g Mature Cheddar Cheese grated
2 oz/50g butter
4 oz/110g Self Raising flour
1 egg beaten
pinch of salt
cayenne pepper or paprika (amount depends of level of spiciness)
Beaten egg for glazing
Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
Stir in the salt and the Cayenne pepper or paprika
Stir in the grated cheese making sure the cheese is distributed in the flour
Add the beaten egg gradually to form a firm dough.
Wrap in Cling-wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or longer
After 30 minutes roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/2 cm (half cm) thick. (It may be easier to cut the dough and roll out in small quantities).
Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into straws measuring approximately 10 cm by 1 cm
Arrange the straws on a baking tray with a gap between each. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until golden.
Remove from the oven and leave on the tray to cool (They will crisp on the tray as it cools). Removing them too soon from the tray will mean chewy cheese straws!!!!
They are sooo time consuming to make......but so worth the effort.