Cheese straws and rounds

20-25 straws
Preparation time:
20 mins + 20 mins chill time
Cooking time:
10 mins

Perfect for picnics, parties and lunchtime treats.

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Ingredients checklist


Step 1

Place the flour in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and lard/vegetable fat and use your fingers to rub it into the flour

Step 2

Stir in the cheese and some freshly ground black pepper – the cheese should add enough saltiness. Add the water a little a time (you might not need it all) and bring the mixture into a soft smooth dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for 20 minutes

Step 3

Line 2 baking trays with parchment. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6. Dust the work surface with a little flour and roll out the pastry to around 1cm thickness

Step 4

For the straws cut long strips about 1cm wide. Take 2 strips and twist them gently together, pinch at the ends to keep them in place. For rounds use a small round cutter. Reroll any trimmings and make more shapes

Step 5

Place on the baking trays. Brush with a little milk and sprinkle over the topping of your choice if using

Step 6

Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Leave on the trays for 5 minutes to firm up then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely

Guest profile

Brought to you by:

Homepride Flour

Homepride flour has been around since the 1920s under the Spillers brand. It was in 1964 that our chief flour-grader, Fred, was introduced and made the brand iconic.

Do you have a Fab Recipe?

The join in the fun and share your wonderous flour-based creations with us. Your recipes needn't be the most elaborate but it helps if it is interesting, simple and quick to make. And naturally very tasty. Once your recipe is approved, we'll publish it here on Fab Recipes and we'll tweet it for you as well, three times. So go ahead and send us your recipe.