These taste simply delicious and it’s a perfect recipe for children from nine and 10 upwards as they’ll be learning lots of useful cooking techniques like sifting, stirring, grating and rolling.
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C, fan 180°C.
Grease a baking tray by spreading margarine around it.
Sift the flour and a pinch of mustard powder into a mixing bowl.
Add the margarine and – children can use their fingers for this part – rub it into the flour until the mixture starts to look like breadcrumbs. Try to lift your hands up to get air into the dough so it becomes light and fluffy.
Grate the cheese, then add it to the flour mixture. You could also try other hard cheeses like Parmesan or Red Leicester.
Add some water and stir the mixture with a palette knife to form a dough.
Place the dough on a floured work surface and roll it out into a rectangle using a rolling pin.
Cut the dough into thin strips, about 1/2cm wide and 7cm long.
Brush the cheese straws with water. You could also add poppy seeds if you’d like.
Place the cheese straws on a baking tray and put them in the oven to bake for 12 minutes.
Cool on a cooling rack and serve warm as a tasty lunchtime snack!
This is a Let’s Cookalong recipe from The Tesco Eat Happy Project, helping children have a healthier, happier relationship with food.
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