(Cottage)Cheese Straws

As the title suggest, these are not your usual loaded with Cheddar cheese straws, these are a much lighter version, made with the Cottage Curd Cheese /Twarog

You can snack on them, serve instead of bread with soups and dips, or even with tea and coffee, if you don’t have a sweet tooth. They are very addictive though.

Also there is no limit to toppings. Traditionally, they are sprinkled with caraway or poppy seeds, but  you can sprinkle with whatever takes your fancy: paprika, linseeds, sesame seeds, curry powder, chopped nuts or as a sweet option with sugar and cinnamon.

COTTAGE CHEESE STRAWS

Ingredients:

250g twarog cheese (available at Tesco or other Polish supermarkets)
250g butter, at room temperature
350g plain flour
2 eggs  (1 — for a dough, 1 for the topping)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder

Options for topping:

Caraway seeds
poppy seeds
linseeds
paprika, etc.

Method:

  1. Beat the cheese with butter until smooth.
  2. Add the egg and sugar, beat again. Add the flour, salt and baking powder. Knead lightly until the dough comes together and is quite soft.
  3.  On floured surface roll out to a of 7-8 mm thick and cut into sticks with a width and a length of about a finger.
  4. Place the cut out strips on a baking sheet, brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with caraway seeds, sesame seeds or anything else of your choice.
  5. Bake in a preheated to 180C oven about 13-15 minters or until the straws are tender and golden brown.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “(Cottage)Cheese Straws

  1. Ah, twarozhniye palochki – love them, and your recipe is great! One little note: American cottage cheese has a lot more moisture than twarog, so to use it in twarog recipes, it needs to be drained under press. Twarog is called farmer cheese here.

    • Thank you very much, Dolly. English version of cottage cheese also has a lot of moisture, plus it’s very grainy, even if you drain it and make a paste out of it. Luckily, lots of supermarkets have Polish section, so it’s easy now to get an access to ‘real deal’ 🙂

      • Ah, you are indeed lucky. Here, there are a few Polish and Russian stores, but they are quite a distance from us. They do have “the real deal,” as well as many other goodies. However, farmer cheese is available in many supermarkets here.

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