olivia likes baking | cheese straws

November 10, 2013

Gone are the days when teenagers walked into kitchens only to pull out processed meals and pot noodles, probably because of the success of television shows such as the Great British Bake Off. I'm a fan, (as is most of the country to be fair), and I find it fascinating how something can go from looking like a piece of slop to a masterpiece. Now, that doesn't mean that I'm a great cook. I can cook basic things, like pasta and 'student food,' but I do like to cook proper food when I can and today I baked cheese straws. They're pretty easy to make and also pretty easy to eat, and to be honest even your grandma's aunties dog could make them if they wanted to haha. I usually double up on all the ingredients, so if you only want to make something like 6 straws I'd half the amount posted here. But I like eating, so um I made lots.

what you will need:

200g of self raising flour
50g margarine
quarter of a pint of milk
75g grated cheese
pinch of salt
First, we need to preheat the oven to 180 degrees, before making our straws. Pour all of the self raising flour, the margarine and milk into a bowl and mix well. I find it is easier to put a little bit of each in at a time and mix them separately. When the mixture is smooth (without being sloppy, if its too sloppy it means you've added too much milk and you'll now have to add a bit more of everything else to balance it out) add all of the grated cheese and mix till all of the mixture has an even amount of cheese. Add more if you're a cheese fan, add less if you're not. Obviously.

We now need a grease proofed tray to put our cheese straws onto. Shape the mixture into evenly shaped straws and place them onto the baking tray, making sure to leave a gap between each straw as when they are cooking they will expand and if they are not separated they will stick together and become one gigantic straw. Put them into the oven for 20-25 minutes, depending on how brown you would like them.

Leave the cheese straws to cool for 30 minutes on a wire tray. In the meantime, you can watch Jeremy Kyle or do whatever makes you happy to waste time. I like to watch Jeremy Kyle. When they are cool enough, it is time to take them off the wire tray and put them into a storage container. And then you can eat them (yay!)

And that's how you make cheese straws the 'Olivia' way. They can be served on their own as a snack (or a full meal if you're a fanatic about them haha) or as a side with pasta and soup. I've heard that cheese straws are lovely dipped into food like hummus and sour cream, but I've never tried it so if it's disgusting don't shoot me! *wink face* If you make these, please let me know how they turn out because I love to know when people are reading what I write haha. Over and out!
Love Olivia x


  1. this looks so yummy!! I'll try this recipe!

    1. They were yummy to eat too! Looking forward to see how they turn out:-) xx

  2. Going to make these this week!

  3. I never imagined them to be that easy to make, have to give these a go for sure!

    1. They were so easy! I can't wait to see how your designs turn out😘


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