Kitchen Cadets: Cheese straws
These easy-peasy cheesy straws are simple to make and it takes little more than 30 minutes to turn some frozen pastry and grated cheese into a perfect afternoon snack. Older children can experiment a bit with this, swapping cheese for roasted and crushed nuts and a sprinkling of sugar, or by scattering the twists with sesame seeds before baking.
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- 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, defrosted
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- ½ cup grated parmesan
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Four-year-old Daphne is hesitant to push the grated cheese into the pastry. It looks as if she doesn't like touching it and, with a pinched-fingers motion, she's patting it on the pastry rather than sprinkling it. After some questioning from her kitchen accomplice, she explains: "I don't want to give all the cheese to the twists! I want some, too." And with that, an entire handful of grated cheddar is pushed into her mouth. When she realises she'll get to eat the straws after they are cooked, she wrinkles up her nose and declares: "More grating to do, then." It's tough having to share your favourite ingredients.
Preheat oven to 220C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured board until each sheet is the thickness of a $1 coin. Add one tablespoon of water to the egg and brush the pastry. Sprinkle one sheet evenly with the cheese then lay the other sheet on top, with the egg-brushed side down. Press lightly to close any bubbles. Cut the sheet lengthways into eight slices, then twist each strip loosely to form a straw. Lay them on the baking trays and sprinkle with extra cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned and puffed. Turn each straw and bake for another two minutes, without letting the cheese burn. Cool for 10 minutes, then serve.