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Learn how to make super easy puff pastry cheese straws. This will be one of those recipes that the kids will absolutely love and one that they can help make rather than just eat!
They are the perfect snacks for after school or for the lunch box.
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As I pick my daughter up from kindergarten, pretty much the first thing she says as we walk back to the car is “I’m hungry”.
It doesn’t matter how much food we have packed in the bag for the day, she always says the same thing. I don’t think it’s really about hunger at all, it’s more of a habit she has got into and she thinks she has to eat.
Like most moms, I don’t want my daughter to be eating lots of processed foods, but when it comes to quick and easy, this can often be the way to go.
None of us are perfect and whilst I would like to think that I will only give my kids the most healthy foods available, I know that I have to toss up the reality of what she will actually eat and what I have the time to make for her.
So now that I have admitted that I am not the perfect parent, and can only do my best, these cheese straws are a pretty good compromise.
They also make the perfect snack for kids that love to cook.
Not only does it give my daughter an activity to undertake when she arrives home, but she also has the pleasure of eating one of her own creations.
I know what your thinking, ‘my kids can’t wait that long for food’. Well these cheese straws are so incredibly quick and easy to make, it definitely makes them a win win choice!
I’ll reiterate here that these are SUPER easy to make.
When my daughter first made them she was only 2 and she had a whole heap of fun. She is such a perfectionist that the milk/egg had to be brushed perfectly into every corner with every last scrap of shredded cheese making it onto the pastry sheet.
She is far more dedicated in the kitchen than I am!
So after having fun making them, she was super keen to eat them (which is always a bonus when trying to feed fussy toddlers).
They are pretty amazing straight from the oven, but also just as yummy when cold (provided that they last that long).
This is when her addiction for cheese straws started and hence why I find the cheese straws recipe to be an easy ‘go to’ food straight after kindergarten.
What Are Cheese Straws Made Of?
These cheese straws can be made incredibly quickly because they require very few ingredients. They are the 4 ingredient snack.
They consist of the following;
- 2 sheets of puff pastry
- 50g cheddar cheese
- 1 egg
- A dash of milk
6 Simple Steps To The Perfect Cheese Straws
Step 1: Combine the milk and egg together.
Step 2: Place one sheet of puff pasty onto a chopping board and cover with some combined milk and egg.
Step 3: Sprinkle the cheese over the entire layer of pastry and cover with your second sheet.
Step 4: Brush some more of the combined milk and egg onto the top of the pastry sheet and cut into fingers.
Step 5: Gently twist the pastry fingers and lay them onto a baking tray.
Step 6: Cook in a preheated oven at 180c (356F) for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
It’s as simple as that.
This is a snack that the kids will love. It is quick, easy and delicious.
If you would like the cheese straws recipe for a quick reminder, then you can print it off below.
- 2 sheets of Puff Pastry
- 50g Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Egg
- Dash of Milk
- Beat the egg and milk together.
- Shred the cheese and leave to the side.
- Place one sheet of puff pasty onto a chopping board and cover with some combined milk and egg.
- Sprinkle the cheese over the entire layer of pastry and cover with your second sheet.
- Brush some more of the combined milk and egg onto the top of the pastry sheet and cut into fingers.
- Place in a pre-heated oven at 180c (356F) for 15 minutes
How Long Do Cheese Straws Keep?
If the kids don’t immediately eat them all, then the cheese straws will keep for several days in an air tight container. You can store them in the fridge, but the pastry will loose it’s crispy texture.
You can therefore keep the cheese straws at room temperature for up to a week. I highly doubt however they will last more than a day or two with hungry children around.
If you would like to reheat the cheese straws you will need to brush them again with the egg/milk mixture and place back in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Don’t place them in the microwave otherwise the pastry will go limp and soggy.
Can Cheese Straws Be Made Ahead of Time?
If you would like to serve the cheese straws at a party or gathering but don’t want to fuss around with making them at the last minute, then you can certainly make them ahead of time.
Simply make up the straws, wrap them in wax paper and chill. You can keep them in the fridge for a couple of days and then bake when you need them.
Experiment With Different Flavors
The concept of these cheese straws is really very simple and it is also really easy to change up the flavors.
You can really adapt the recipe into pretty much anything that you like. The cheese could be substituted for something sweet if you preferred.
I also made some banana puffs with a sprinkle of brown sugar. and they were totally delicious too.
Use your imagination and see what delicious flavor you can come up with.
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So there you have it. Delicious yet incredibly easy cheese straws that can be whipped up in minutes. They are ‘relatively healthy’ and a great snack for after the kindergarten or school pick up.
Trust me, when you start making these, you are going to go back to them time and time again.
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