I don’t know why it has taken me so long to share a gluten free cheese straw recipe, especially seeing as they used to be my favourite bakery item from Reeve’s the Baker in Winchester. I always remember having them as a childhood treat after visiting the dentist, back when they were 25p each! Nothing beats a warm cheese straw fresh out of the oven, the cheesier the better…
The recipe below makes around 12-15 cheese straws, depending on how big you make them. They last for a few days in an airtight container. This recipe is gluten free, but it can also be made lactose-free if you are intolerant.
Gluten Free Cheese Straws
- 175 g Gluten free plain flour
- 100 g Butter
- 150 g Cheddar cheese (grated)
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- ½ tsp Xanthan gum
- 1 Eggs
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 or 180 degrees Celsius.
- In a large bowl, mix together the butter, flour, baking powder and xanthan gum and rub between your fingers to form breadcrumbs.
- Mix in the beaten egg (leave a drizzle for later) and add the cheese to form a dough, again leave a tablespoon of cheese for later.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface until 1cm thick and cut into straw-like rectangles.
- Place on a lined baking tray, brush with the leftover beaten egg (add a little water if there's only a small amount) sprinkle with a little extra grated cheese, and bake for 15 minutes.
- Leave to cool before serving.
Let me know if you give these a try! I sometimes sprinkle them with a little paprika or cayenne pepper for a little bite, but I’ll leave that up to you!
If you enjoy making pastry, you should also check out the Red Pepper and Tomato Quiche recipe in my latest book, A Beginner’s Guide to the Low FODMAP Diet. Or for something sweeter, check out my Gluten Free Lemon Tart.