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Picnic ideas: Cheese Straws

A savoury party classic that's perfect for children's picnics too

Posted: 10 May 2013
by Fiona McKim

Great to give to children and toddlers who like to let the pastry melt rather than chew, chew, chew.


  • 75g lard, chilled and cubed
  • 75g butter, chilled and cubed
  • 225g plain flour
  • 100g grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • A pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 1–2 tbsp very cold water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Sea salt flakes


Put the lard, butter and flour in a mixing bowl and rub together until crumbly. Add 75g of the Parmesan, mustard powder, nutmeg and water and mix together to form a dough. Bring mixture together, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 200°C (Gas Mark 6). Roll the chilled pastry out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 5mm thick. Brush beaten egg over the sheet of pastry and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and a pinch of salt.

Cut the pastry into strips 1cm wide and 10cm long and arrange on a baking sheet. Pop in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until puffed up and golden. Turn oven off, open the door and leave straws in oven for a further ten minutes so they crisp up. Serve with a creamy yoghurt and chive dip

More perfect picnic ideas...  Rainbow slaw, Banoffee Plant Pots, Good Old Sausage Rolls

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