The Crazy Kitchen: Cooking With Your Toddler - Cheese & Marmite Straws

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Friday, 13 January 2012

Cooking With Your Toddler - Cheese & Marmite Straws

Now that Christmas and New Year are far behind us it's time for 'Cooking with your Toddler' to make an appearance again.


I've still got the Linky here, where you can look at the recipes that fellow bloggers have linked up as well as seeing a full list of recipes that we've cooked. I've separated the linky's into 3 categories so it's easier to find recipes that you may want to try out - savoury recipes, cakes & cookies and no bake recipes.


This week, after my pastry and pie making success I decided to have a go at cheese straws, and came across this delicious recipe here, which I adapted slightly with marmite.


You will need : 


150g cold lard (I used Trex)
150g cold butter
450g plain flour
150g parmesan, finely grated
½ tsp paprika
1 tbsp marmite mixed with 1 tbsp boiling water
1 egg, beaten


  • Mix the flour with the parmesan and paprika
  • Rub the lard and butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs (I used my Kitchen Aid for this part)
  • At this point you should need to add 2-4 tbsp of cold water - I didn't need to as my dough had already started to come together - I suspect because the Trex is not as hard as lard. Add the water until the dough starts to come together
  • Roll the pastry out on a floured surface to approx 1cm thick
  • Brush the marmite/water over the pastry and then fold over and roll again
  • Slice fingers from the pastry
  • Brush with beaten egg
  • Bake in a 180 degree oven for approx 15-20 minutes until lightly browned
  • Cool on a wire rack



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Jack did really well at slicing his cheese straws....and then squashed them into balls whilst I sliced up the rest. He had great fun rolling and squashing and then left his cheese balls ready to be baked.


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He developed a great slicing technique too.




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I have also linked this recipe up in a competition to win £100 Amazon vouchers on Red Ted Art, sponsored by Appliances Online

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