Cheese Straw Christmas Canes

 
  • Cheese straw Christmas cane recipe
  • Cheese straw Christmas cane recipe
  • Cheese straw Christmas cane recipe
  • Cheese straw Christmas cane recipe
  • Cheese straw Christmas cane recipe
  • Cheese straw Christmas cane recipe
  • Cheese straw Christmas cane recipe
  • 30-60 minutes to prepare
  • 10-30 minutes to cook
  • Makes 12 canes
  • Can be frozen
  • How to make

Batch 1:

100g wholewheat flour (or gluten free alternative)
50g unsalted cold butter
75g tasty Cheddar cheese
2 tsp dried thyme
1 egg (or approx. 3-4 tbsp. water can be used instead)

Batch 2:

100g plain white flour (or gluten free alternative)
50g unsalted cold butter
75g tasty Cheddar cheese
2 tsp. dried thyme
1 egg (or approx. 3-4 tbsp. water can be used instead)

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 200°C / 180°C fan / gas mark 6

Step 2

Make up the two batches separately. In a large bowl rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips, until it resembles bread crumbs (or a food processor can be used with the 'pulse setting'). Stir in grated cheddar and thyme

Step 3

Create a well in the centre and add whisked egg or water a little at a time, combining the wet and dry ingredients to create a dough. Add enough of the egg/water so that the mix comes together to form a smooth dough, that is not too sticky (if you have any egg left, keep it for brushing the straws before they go into the oven)

Step 4

Knead the dough just a little to bring it together, then place onto a lightly floured surface. Roll lightly into a rectangle and cut up into 12 even squares. Repeat with the second batch (the less the dough is handled, the lighter the cheese straws will be)

Step 5

To create the plait, take one of the 12 brown squares of dough, and roll into a long thin, even sausage shape with your hands on the worktop, (about the thickness of a straw). Do the same with one of the white squares of dough. Now plait the two strips of dough together. Finally, create a curve at the top to create a cane shape, and place onto a lined baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of your dough, until you have 12 beautiful canes 

Step 6

For best results lightly brush each straw with a little whisked egg just before they go into the oven. This will give a wonderful golden shine to the finished biscuit, but it is optional. Bake for approx. 15 minutes or until golden

Contains

  • Dairy ingredients

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Recipe notes

If you prefer you can simply make just one batch of dough and shape the biscuits into long straws, short fingers, twists, or any other shape you fancy instead of the plaits - let your children have fun and get creative. You could also roll the dough out and cut out Christmas shapes if you prefer.

These tasty cheese straws make a delicious snack for little ones (or big ones) any time of day. They are perfect for dipping in a savoury dip such as our homemade Christmas chestnut hummous and make wonderful Christmas gifts. Simply store the biscuits in a recycled jar, kilner jar or pretty tin with some tissue paper and ribbon. Just ensure the container is air tight to keep the biscuits crunchy!

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