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Cheese straw recipe

22 May 2018

Cheese straw recipe

Pat Gare, 90, a resident at Admiral Court Care Home in Leigh-on-Sea, is famous for her cheese straws. Here she shares her popular recipe.

Serves: 4

Prep: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10-15 minutes


  • 4oz self-raising flour
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch mustard powder
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2oz margarine
  • 3oz mature Cheddar or Red Leicester cheese, grated
  • 1 medium egg, beaten


  1. Heat oven to 180oc/350oF/gas mark 4 and grease a baking tray.
  2. Mix together the flour, salt, cayenne pepper and mustard powder. Rub in the margarine.
  3. Stir in the cheese and add the egg to make a stiff dough.
  4. Roll out very thinly and cut into strips and place on the greased baking tray.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

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