Cheese & mustard straws

Cheese & mustard straws

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 28
The cheese straw is a versatile favourite. Add mustard and cayenne to give this entertaining staple a little kick

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal72
  • fat5g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.18g
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  • 375g sheet shortcrust pastry
  • 50g grated cheddar cheese



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • pinch mustard powder



    A condiment made by mixing the ground seeds of the mustard plant with a combination of…

  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…


  1. Cover half the shortcrust pastry sheet with grated cheddar, mustard powder and cayenne. Fold the pastry over like a book and roll lightly with a rolling pin to seal.

  2. Cut into 1cm strips, then halve each strip and twist 2-3 times. Place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment, cover with cling film and freeze. To serve, brush with beaten egg and cook at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 for 25-30 mins or until golden and crisp.

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6th Dec, 2016
I made these this evening with my 3 year old. Sprinkled some extra cheese over the top and we're very tasty
11th Dec, 2013
Disappointing - not a great cheese straw recipe. Not enough cheese, too much pastry.
14th Jan, 2013
Have done these with Shortcrust and Puff Pastry. Both work well but the Puff pastry does lack some substance. Needs an extra mature chedder as mentioned before. Half a pinch of cayenne would probably be enough as well. Otherwise, lovely and so simple. I think the freezing is part of the process.
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16th May, 2012
confused! this reads - to me! that freezing is part of the process?? do you then cook from frozen or can you just prepare and cook. Sorry that sounds silly but not made cheese straws before & catering for 65 at the weekend! I like the look of this recipe - thanks!
26th Dec, 2011
Lovely with hot tomato & mixed pepper soup!
22nd Dec, 2010
Just made these with my 8year old daughter. Fun, easy and quick to make. Next time I would however use a stronger cheese as the cheese flavour was a bit on the light side in my opinion
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