Cheese straws

This simple recipe is an update of a tasty old favourite from Woman’s Weekly’s April 1912 feature titled ‘cheese dishes for menfolk’
Makes: 40
Prep time: 25 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs:Cheap as chips




    • 175g (6oz) plain flour


    • ½ tsp mustard powder


    • Good pinch of salt


    • 90g (3oz) butter, diced


    • 90g (3oz) mature Cheddar, or Parmesan, finely grated


    • 1 medium egg yolk


    • 2 baking trays, lined with non-stick paper






    1. Set the oven to Gas Mark 6 or 200°C. Sift the flour, mustard and salt into a large mixing bowl. Rub in the butter, and then stir in the cheese. (Or put everything in the food processor.)


    1. Mix to a fairly firm dough with the egg yolk and 4 tsps water. Knead to a round on a lightly floured surface and roll out to 5mm (¼in) thick. Cut into straws about 15cm (6in) long. Lay them on baking trays. Re-roll the trimmings and make some more straws.


    1. Bake for 12-15 mins until light golden. Leave on the tray to firm, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool. Serve with a dip made with crème fraîche and smoked paprika, if you like. They will store in an airtight tin for a few days.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 14.0g saturates 8.5g calories 211(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.