Before I moved to New Zealand, I had never heard of the Edmonds cookbook. It happens to be the country’s greatest selling cookbook, and was initially designed to sell Edmonds products like baking powder and Champion flour. It has great, easy recipes and one I’ve used a bit lately is for cheese straws. Whenever I’ve taken a plate, they always get eaten!
Here’s the recipe:
1 cup plain flour
1 tablespoon icing sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 cup grated cheese
3 tablespoons milk, approx
Sift flour, icing sugar, baking powder, salt and cayenne pepper into a bowl.
Cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in cheese.
Add just enough milk to form a stiff dough.
Knead lightly and roll out to 2 mm thickness.
Cut into 4 cm squares and place on a greased oven tray. Prick each square with a fork.
Bake at 200°C for 10 minutes or until lightly golden.