Rhoda’s Cheese Straws

Rhoda’s Cheese Straws

This highly coveted recipe from my Great Aunt is a lovely savoury addition to any tea time. Would be perfect in lunch boxes or part of a tea time spread.

My great aunt’s name as Rhoda and she had a very close relationship with my grandmother (that I called Nanny). As my mother tells is they got together a bought a ream of fabric and sewed pajamas for all the children (6 girls collectively). As a child I have many happy memories of visiting their house with my Nanny.

Rhoda taught me the true value of a homemade gift. For our birthdays she would bake either a batch of her excellent meringues or these cheese straws, lovingly packed between layers of paper towel in an ice-cream container.

I always loved receiving them for my birthday, because that meant they were ALL MINE, and any sharing would be an act of selfless generosity. As I recall them they were thinly cut and flaky. So flaky and light.

In the first lockdown I make a “bake along video” because in times of stress we all resort to our most familiar and nostalgic favourites. But looking back on the video, I now have a second layer of nostalgia. My children look so much younger and even though I know just how stressed and anxious we all were, when I look back on the time with a trick of memory that gilds even the most terrible memories by plucking out the golden threads of happiness.

Rhoda's Cheese Straws

Julie Donald
Light as air crunchy cheese straws
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Baking
Servings 24 straws


  • 85 g flour
  • 85 g cheese grated
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 60 g butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp ice water


  • Mix flour, cheese, salt and spice. Rub in cold butter and add egg yolk and water
  • Knead well and roll out to 5mm thickness, and cut into straws
  • Bake at 180°C for 5-7 minutes until light golden colour (straw colour)


Keyword Cheese straws

One of my most treasured recipes and memories #cheesestraws

♬ original sound – Billianne