Mombie’s Cheese Straws

This is the recipe I know quite a few people have been waiting for. These cheese straws are always a huge hit when I make them, so much so I’m pretty sure it’s made some people who can’t stand me, tolerate me, which I’m not one for caring in my personal life if people don’t like me but in my professional life, a big part of my previous job was keeping people sweet and I find food is a massive winner in that respect (my sparkling personality aside).

Whenever we have family picnics (which we do at the zoo a lot), there has to be cheese straws, and its tradition in my family for these bad boys to make an appearance over the Christmas holidays too. You can even make the dough up, freeze it and bake it when needed which is great if you’re one of those organised sorts.

So here it is, Mombie’s Cheese Straws;


225g (8oz) Plain Flour

Pinch of Salt

1/2 teaspoon English Mustard Powder

100g (4oz) Butter (I use unsalted butter)

150g (6oz) Strong Cheddar Cheese (I often go a bit extra)

1 Egg Yolk

2 Tblsp Water

Milk for Glazing


Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees

Sift the flour with salt and mustard powder into a bowl.

Add the butter and cheese and rub until the mixture is like breadcrumbs.

Add the egg yolk and water and draw together until the mixture reaches a dough like consistency.

Roll the dough into a ball, cover with cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for at least 30 mins.

Dust a work surface and rolling pin with flour and roll out dough to roughly 2 mm thickness. cut into straws (or whatever shape you desire), pop on a tray and brush lightly with milk.

Bake in the oven for 15(ish) mins or until golden.

Remove from the oven and allow to set on the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Try not to eat them all at once.

As I say this is the bake is most popular with everyone I know, I would love to see photo’s of your bakes and how quickly they go!