Cheese straws are types of snacks, which are good if they are served hot or even if they are allowed to cool before serving. These crispy delights can be made pretty easily, and they are also very good for storage.
The average length of cheese straws is normally 3-4 inches, but you can make them as long as you like. Cheese straws are made by spreading grated parmesan and gruyere cheese over pastries and then they are baked in the oven for 15 minutes, until they turn light and crispy.
Servings Per Recipe: 60 pieces
Preparation Time Required: 30-40 minutes
Baking Time Required: 15-20 minutes
1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons of salted butter
½ teaspoon of baking powder
1 cup of chilled water
½ cup of grated gruyere cheese
½ cup of grated parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/3rd teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder
1/4th cup of fresh cream
A handful of fresh thyme leaves, chopped
½ teaspoon of kosher salt
½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
Method for Preparation
1. Sieve the flour and put it in a large mixing bowl. Add the baking powder and salt to the flour. Then slowly add the chilled water a little at a time, and mix the flour with the water.
2. Once the mixing is done, knead the flour with your hand to make a dough with it. And then add the fresh cream and cayenne pepper powder to the dough and knead them together to combine them thoroughly. Knead the dough until it becomes soft and creamy, and then roll it into a ball.
3. Divide the dough into small balls, and roll them with your hands to make the surface of the balls smooth. Now place one ball over a floured surface and roll it with a rolling pin to make a square puff pastry like thing. Repeat the same process for making the rest of the pastries.
4. Then spread the egg wash on one side of the pastry with the help of a brush, and then spread the grated parmesan and grated gruyere cheese all over the surface of the coated pastry. Sprinkle a little bit of kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and chopped fresh thyme leaves on top of the layer of cheese.
5. Then place parchment paper over the cheese coated pastry and roll with a rolling pin. Rolling will help the grated cheese to stick properly with the pastry, and the parchment paper is used, because it prevents the cheese from sticking to the rolling pin.
6. After that, repeat the same process for coating all the pastries with cheese and spices and then cut them into thin slices. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and line your baking tray with a parchment paper.
7. Then place 6-7 slices of cheese straws over the parchment paper lined baking tray and pop the baking tray into the oven. Bake the cheese straws for approximately 15-20 minutes, until they turn into a golden brown color. Once done, take out the cheese straws from the oven and set them aside to cool. Bake the rest of the cheese straws in batches of 6-7 and then serve them with cheese dip.
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