Twisty cheese straws

Twisty cheese straws

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(4 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Makes at least 24
Puff pastry is ideal for canapés. Try twisted with cream cheese and pesto then baked until crispy

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per twist (24)

  • kcal78
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 100g cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 320g sheet puff pastry
  • a little flour, for dusting



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 1 egg, beaten



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


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Tip the cream cheese and pesto into a bowl and mix well.

  2. Unroll the pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut in half lengthways. Spread the pesto mix over one half, pop the other piece of pastry on top to create a sandwich, then cut in half lengthways to create 2 long rectangles. Divide each rectangle into short strips, about 1cm thick. Twist each pastry strip and place on a baking tray lined with parchment.

  3. Brush with egg and bake for 20-25 mins until risen and golden brown.

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Kate Etherington
22nd Dec, 2013
These were delicious and so easy. Could not make them look like picture but made them into bow ties and they were fab.
17th Dec, 2013
A quick snack to make - best made and eaten still warm! They didn't look quite a 'neat' as those in the picture, the 2 halves came apart a bit in the cooking but they tasted good. I made some with a cream cheese and pesto filling, and some with cream cheese and chopped black olives and both tasted good.
2nd Jan, 2016
The beaten egg is the key to make these cheese straws look delicious, well baked and in one piece. Each cheese straw needs to be well covered with beaten egg and the result is amazing not only due to appearance but as a great taste too, they are trully party pleasers.
25th Nov, 2019
I'd also like to know if these can be frozen or how long they'll keep ahead of the big day
lulu_grimes's picture
29th Nov, 2019
Hi Lucy, Yes you can freeze these ahead. You can freeze them once they have cooled, refresh them in a hot oven for a couple of minutes before serving. I hope this helps.
3rd Dec, 2014
Can these be frozen?
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