Pailles au fromage - Cheese straws: super easy addictive nibbles
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Super easy and quick, horribly addictive appetizers.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Serves: 6 people
  • 100g (3,5 oz) Swiss cheese such as Gruyère or Emmenthal, try other cheeses, I will and will let you know.
  • 100g (3,5 oz) soft, room temperature, butter
  • 100g (3,5 oz) flour
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  1. Pre-heat oven at 150°C (300°F) fan forced.
  2. Soften the cheese 10 sec in the microwave, then work it with a fork or small whisk. It needs to be soft, like a custard, not liquid.
  3. Grate the cheese. If you are a obsessional chopper like me who cannot deal with grating tools, chop the cheese in mini cubes :)
  4. Mix flour, cheese, butter, cumin seeds and powder.
  5. Spread a baking paper sheet on an oven tray.
  6. With a teaspoon, take a bit of dough, form a little stick the size and shape of you little finger.
  7. Bake for 10 mins. Actually, don't mind the minutes, just look at them. Careful it's quite quick, depending on your oven of course. As they are quick to cook (and therefore burn) it is better to use a fan-forced program of your oven to get an even temperature and avoid having one part of the tray overcooked. When they have reached a nice yellow a tiny bit orange colour, take them out. Delicately with tongs (Australian way of calling the pinching tool) take them from the tray to a cooling rack.
  8. Let them get completely cold before you serve them.
Recipe by The Flo at