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Cheese Straws

Eastman Inn
North Conway, NH


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Cheese Straws
Eastman Inn ~  North Conway, NH

A delightful change of pace from sweet cookies...

4 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese,
shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon ground cuman
1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
egg wash (1 egg with 1 tsp. water)
1 tablespoon cumin seed
coarse sea salt to taste

In a small bowl toss together cheese,
ground cumin and cayenne.  On a lightly
floured surface roll out pastry into a
14x12 inch rectangle and brush with some
egg wash.  Cut pastry in half crosswise,
forming two 12x7 inch rectangles.  
Sprinkle cheese over 1 rectangle and top
with other rectangle, egg wash side down,
pressing it firmly to force out any air
pockets.

Roll pastry out slightly to make layers
adhere (rectangle should be about 12 1/2
x 7 1/2 inches).  Brush pastry with some
remaining egg wash; sprinkle evenly with
cumin seed and sea salt.

With a pastry wheel cut pastry into strips
about 7 1/2 inches long, 1/2 inch wide.  
Twist strips and arrange on baking sheets,
pressing ends onto sheet to keep strips
twisted.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  
Grease 2 baking sheets.  Arrange half of
cheese straws about 1-inch apart on a
baking sheet and bake in middle of oven
10-12 minutes, or until pale golden.  
Repeat with other sheet.  Serve warm or at
room temperature.  Makes 24 cheese
straws.
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Cheese Straws
Eastman Inn's Gingerbread House - Photo by Emily Duffy
Eastman Inn's Christmas Tree - Photo by Emily Duffy
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