Chilli Jam & Cheese Straws

At a party, everyone loves a little something to nibble on. Being perfectly honest we like a lot of something to nibble on… So we decided to make some cheese straws. These were a really easy recipe to make, meaning they’re great when you’ve got a lot of baking to do!

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We made 2 different types of cheese straws (because they are just that easy!) and as far as we are concerned the more cheese based items the better! Our 2 flavours are parmesan & garlic and cheddar & chilli jam, you can buy this from the shop or make your own like we did.

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Chilli Jam
Hot & Sweet Chilli Jam
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Ingredients
  1. 1kg jam sugar
  2. 600ml cider vinegar
  3. 300g red & yellow peppers, deseeded & chopped
  4. red bird's eye chillies, deseeded (amount depends how spicy you want it - we used ALOT)
Instructions
  1. Firstly you will need to sterilise you jars, the easiest way to do this is in the dish washer. Leave to cool.
  2. Blitz the chillies in a food processor to small chunks, add the peppers and pulse till you have a finely chopped mixture but not too much to create a paste.
  3. In a large pan dissolve the sugar in the vinegar over a low heat (do not stir).
  4. Add the pepper & chilli mix, giving it a stir and bring to the boil on a high heat for 10 mins or so
  5. Leave to cool down, you should be left with a jelly like consistency with the peppers evenly dispersed.
  6. Share your jam out into your jars and seal the lids on tightly.
Notes
  1. This recipe will make up to 6 250ml jars but you can use a big kilner type jar or whatever you like. We like things spicy so we used a good handful of bird's eye chillies, however you can use jalapenos or any other chilli you want depending on how much spice you can handle.
Baking a Mess http://www.bakingamess.co.uk/
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Cheese Straws
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 250g puff pastry
  2. 1 egg beaten
For Garlic and Parmesan
  1. 150g grated parmesan
  2. 2 tbsp garlic powder
For the Cheddar and Chilli Jam
  1. 150g grated cheddar
  2. 100g chilli jam
Instructions
  1. Roll out your puff pastry into a large rectangle about 5mm thick.
  2. Sprinkle (or spread) your chosen flavour ingredients evenly over half the pastry and fold the other half on top.
  3. Roll out the pastry again to squish the layers together & cover in egg wash
  4. Cut into 2cm thick strips and twist each of these 3-4 times as you place it onto a lined baking sheet.
  5. Once all are on the baking sheet, bake at 200°c for 20 mins or until golden brown.
Baking a Mess http://www.bakingamess.co.uk/
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