If you’re looking for a simple, tasty snack recipe with few ingredients, try these easy puff pastry cheese and marmite straws. You’ll love them!
The boys and I are total suckers for the cheese straws you can buy at the local bakery but since they usually cost about a pound each, I figured it’s much cheaper to make your own and these taste great! You can make 10 cheese twists with this recipe, so they really are a fraction of the cost.
The only trouble, when you have 10 in front of you, is that it’s hard to stop eating them.
I know that Marmite can cause quite the controversy when it comes to likes and dislikes and my family are typically divided about this. The boys are I love the stuff, however my Italian partner can’t stand it! Marmite really is a love or hate ingredient, I don’t think there’s an in between with this stuff.
A busy mum like me, is always on the look out for those quick after school snacks that don’t come from a packet, and like this cheese, apple and walnuts on toast, this puff pastry cheese straws recipe is perfect when you’re in a hurry
How to Make Puff Pastry Cheese Straws
The process of making these cheese and marmite snacks is super simple. Firstly, roll out the pastry into two sheets of the same size. If you want to be super quick, you can buy ready rolled puff pastry and simply divide it into two.
The marmite mix is then spread over one sheet of pastry and sprinkled with cheddar cheese. I recommend a mature cheddar for maximum flavour so it isn’t overpowered by the marmite taste.
Cover this sheet with your second sheet of puff pastry that you have brushed your egg wash, slice it into strips of as many cheese twists as you want and then carefully twist each strip before brushing them with egg again, sprinkling on, yet more cheddar cheese and baking them to cripsy, crunchy perfection. I would recommend to carry out this step on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. It’ll save having to move the cheese and marmite straws around too much and will help you avoid having the filling falling out.
It is too early in the year to be thinking about proper picnics? I can’t help but dream of those warmer days outside. I’m talking about those lazy, summer days when you can throw a blanket down on the warm, dry grass and chill while the kids play. In my head, this is what happens, but in reality it doesn’t always work out that way. Any parent with kids who exude energy like mine would understand. The ‘chill’ part is a rarity!
These days, everywhere I go, it seems my mum brain ensures I always have an ‘on the go’ picnic packed so the boys have something to keep them fed and busy. Pre-kids, taking food with me wherever I went was not a thing. However, these days I need plenty of quick snack recipes for a packed lunch that I can throw together without too much thought.
An Easy, Quick Snack
When you want to pack snacks to take with you on a day out, you need something quick and easy. A recipe that everyone can enjoy. No mum or dad wants to spend hours slaving away with complex recipes, when the kids are raring to go by the front door. So the good news is that you can prepare and bake these puff pastry straws in under 30 minutes and with very few ingredients.
Cheddar cheese twists are great for family baking projects too. Kids love making them since they are so simple and speedy to create.
Baking Guidance and Tips
If you’re serving these with a picnic, try making them smaller. You could get 20 or even 30 little ones from these ingredients. Great for little hands or when you are trying to ration yourself.
If you’re looking to freeze your cheese and marmite straws, I recommend doing so before you bake them. Lay them separately on a tray before freezing solid, they can then be stored in a freezer bag for up to a month. When you want to bake them, you can do this straight from frozen. Just give them a little longer to bake then fresh ones.
Place them in the oven when the pastry is still cool. If you don’t plan on baking them straight away, I recommend placing your prepared cheese straws in the fridge until you’re ready to bake them. Puff pastry is best cooked in this way to prevent the butter between the layers melting and making the pastry go soggy.
Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you wish, you can reheat them in the oven for a few minutes. You can freeze them unbaked too.
Of course you can, you can still flavour them with a little dijon mustard and the cheddar cheese.
Cheese and Marmite Straws
- 500 g Puff Pastry Block
- 50 g Cheddar plus extra for topping
- 0.5 tsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 tbsp Marmite
- 1 Egg beaten
- Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan assisted)
- Divide the puff pastry block into two pieces and roll each one out on a floured surface into a rectangle approximately 25x35cm.
- Mix the mustard, marmite and a splash of water in a bowl and spread out over one of the pastry rectangles.
- Finely grate the cheese and sprinkle over the marmite mix.
- Brush one side on the other piece of pastry with your beaten egg and lay over the top, pressing down to seal the edges.
- Cut the pastry into about 9-10 thick slices.
- Take each slice and place on a lined, greased baking tray with space between.
- Twist each slice around a few times and brush the top with the beaten egg.
- Sprinkle over some extra cheddar.
- Place the twists into the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden and puffed.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Want More Picnic Recipes?
Try making your own Scotch Eggs. You’ll never want shop bought ones again!