Cheese Straws ~1895

Gluten Free Cheese Straws.


Updated Recipe:

Preheat oven to 425 F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup parmesan
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose gluten free baking flour (or regular)
  • 1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs
  • Dash of cayenne and mace to taste
  • 1/8 tsp. salt, omit if using salted butter

Note: You can substitute nutmeg for mace. Mace is a little stronger, so use more nutmeg. Of course, I only discovered this AFTER purchasing an extremely expensive small jar of mace; opened it up, took a whiff, and thought to myself, “Huh, this smells familiar.” Lo and behold, there’s a recommendation for nutmeg substitution on the back of the label. Lesson learned.

Consider chilling dough before trying to roll out. The dough will be very sticky from the butter. Space straws 1 inch apart on the baking sheet – they will spread when baking. Bake 9 min. until golden brown.

These cheese straws have a mild flavor with an afterthought of heat thanks to the cayenne. Perfect side for tomato soup.

Source: The Thorough Good Cook, 1895.

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  1. I think a more modern presentation would be to eschew the transversity of the rows and go for a more oblique presentation. I’ve often said that orthogonality has not ”cornered the market” on beauty, so-to-speak. (Ha! Orthogonality! ”Cornered”! Get it???) A semi-orthogonal rotation of the cheese straws would infuse a modern, but no less pleasing, asymmetry to complement the 21st-century upgrade in ingredients. Just a thought.

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  2. I once cooked an american recipe for pumkin soup, it had been ready to be served and the taste was really great but the recipe said: “ad salt, pepper and 1 tsp. mace – omg I had to bin the whole pot. I weep til today about this momentous miscalculation on my part…I think there must have been a typo, because 1 teespoon mace makes an absolutely unbearable horrible taste! It took me years before I dared to use mace again and til this day I only take it very very carefully and only ad very small pinches bit by bit. I think I’m haunted by the taste… 😉

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