So, the last of the things I made for today! I have made some cheese twists before, but added a little spicy extra this time.
225g/8oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
pinch sea salt
190g/6¾oz unsalted butter, cold, cut into 2cm/¾in cubes
½ tbsp lemon juice
Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and add the butter. Move the butter around until coated in the flour.
Mix 125ml/4fl oz of water and the lemon juice together in a jug and pour into the flour and butter. Using a butter knife, mix in the liquid and chop the butter slightly as you go, turning the bowl round, until the ingredients have combined into a dough.
On a floured work surface, tip the dough out and quickly shape it into a block.
Roll out the dough into a rectangle roughly 35cmx20cm/14inx8in in size.
With the short side of the pastry rectangle in front of you, fold the top third of the pastry to the middle…….
…….then fold the bottom half up to cover it.
Roll the pastry out into a rectangle again and repeat the folding process. Turn the pastry a quarter turn……..
…….and roll out and fold again. Repeat this 4-5 times.
After the last folding, wrap the pastry in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for a few hours, or preferably overnight.
To assemble into chilli cheese twists:
100g cheddar cheese, finely grated
hot chilli powder, or any other spicy mix of your choice
Preheat the oven to 200C, and line a couple of baking trays with non stick baking paper.
Roll out the pastry, then add the grated cheese to the centre, sprinkling with chilli powder to taste. Fold over the bottom third of the pastry, sprinle with more cheese and chilli powder, then fold over the top third, just as in the earlier stages. Repeat.
Roll out the pastry one last time, then cut into strips. Take each strip and twist, then place on the prepared trays. Sprinkle with the remainder of the cheese, and then chill for 10 minutes.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
They were tasty, but next time I think I’ll add even more chilli powder. Or my friend has suggested I need some Slap Ya Mama. Then I am sure they will be all kinds of tasty. Perhaps a visit to Dr Burnorium’s Hot Sauce Emporium is in order!
This evening my friend came over and we made a couple of aprons for her nieces:
We made them out of some really cute bright pink fabric with teeny white polka dots, backed with white cotton, and finished with some white binding.