This recipe is so easy and so yummy and considering how much I love cheese straws I am astounded I have reached the age of 29 (I’m not going to be able to say that for many more weeks) without ever making them.
Also; is anyone else really upset by the fact that Cooplands have stopped selling their beautiful gooey little cheese straws and replaced them for big horrible dry ones?
Anyway… This week was ‘pastry week’ on The Great British Bake Off and as this dawned on me whilst sat at my desk with no time to bake the extravagant pie I had imagined, my colleagues and I dreamt up these cheese twists, with a twist!
They make an easy party snack, or a nice addition to a home made soup. I however, am not ashamed to say that they didn’t even make it until the end of the show before they were devoured by my family.
This recipe makes 12 large twists, feel free to half the recipe! You could also fry some lovely smokey crispy bacon, chop it up and add that in the mix.
2 Sheets of ready rolled puff pastry
135g of any grated hard cheese – i prefer a mix of extra mature cheddar and gruyere or parmesan.
2 tbsp caramelised onion chutney
1 egg for glaze
A sprinkle of parmesan for topping
- To begin, lay out your first sheet of pastry on some flour to make sure it doesn’t stick.
- Spread out your chutney, making sure to leave 1cm pastry at the top and bottom.
- Add the grated cheese, followed by the second layer of pastry and press down slightly just enough to connect the two. Don’t squeeze it down or it won’t rise.
- Using a fork, seal the pastry along the top and bottom along the gap you left. There is no need to do the sides. Then slice strips approximately 1 inch wide.
- Twist your straws, brush with egg wash and add a sprinkle of parmesan on top!
- Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes at 180 degrees.