Gluten Free Puff Pastry Cheese Straws
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Oh stop it. They’re gluten free puff pastry cheese straws, and they’re so worth it! Look how pretty! And the gluten free puff pastry can be made ages ahead of … more »

Gluten Free Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

Oh stop it. They’re gluten free puff pastry cheese straws, and they’re so worth it! Look how pretty! And the gluten free puff pastry can be made ages ahead of time, so it’s just time it takes to transform it into these golden, cheesy, salty straws of love. No biggie! I want you to know that I nearly had a whole series of recipes in The New Bread Book on puff pastry, but I just couldn’t afford to pay for the days and days of photography and food styling necessary to walk you through the puff pastry step by step. Especially since we’ve already done that here on the blog. So … you get it here. Instead of there. But be sure to click through this puff pastry link, as all the step by step photos to make the pastry itself are there, and they’re really clear. I promise!

Gluten Free Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

Just look! Light, flaky and airy, gluten free puff pastry cheese straws are exactly as good as you remember them from your free-wheeling gluteny days.

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A word about the instructions. I give you length and width specs for the pastry as you work with it, but the most important detail, by far, is the thickness of the dough. You don’t need perfect rectangles, and they don’t need to be the dimensions I specify. Those are just a guide, and I hope that they give you the visual cues you need to make it all happen confidently. But really? The goal is to have puff pastry that is about 1/8-inch thick. That’s about the thickness of a nickel. And even though my rectangles look perfect in the photos, that’s because I write this blog. When I’m making these straws and it’s just for entertaining and no one is looking over my shoulder, my rectangles are FAR from perfecto. Okay? The instructions are specific, but that is just to hold your hand. They’re really just a framework. Working with puff pastry is all about architecture. Thickness matters the very mostest.

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And these are the most gorgeous of my twists. Some of my twists were not nearly as twisty. And sometimes, they broke. Want to make your life a lot easier? Make the strips shorter by half before you twist them. They won’t break and you will keep your sanity. By the way, if you happen across my sanity, send it over to me. Deal? In exchange, ask all your puff pastry questions in the comments. I’ll answer them all to the best of my ability, and we’ll walk through this together.

Prep time: 1 hour       Cook time: 10 minutes       Yield: About 3 dozen cheese straws
Ingredients

One recipe Gluten Free Puff Pastry, well-chilled, made with Better Than Cup4Cup All Purpose Gluten Free Flour (if possible) (recipe makes about 26 ounces gluten free puff pastry), plus more flour for sprinkling

Egg wash (1 egg, any size, at room temperature, beaten with 1 tablespoon lukewarm water)

1 1/2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated

1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt (optional)

1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds (optional)

Directions
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line large rimmed baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and set them aside.

  • Divide the puff pastry in half, and reserve half for another use (wrap tightly and freeze, or refrigerate if plan to use it within the week). Divide the remaining half into three equal parts, about 4 ounces each. Place two of the three pieces of puff pastry in the refrigerator. Place the third piece of puff pastry on a well-floured flat and portable surface, and, flouring it as necessary to keep it from sticking, roll it into a rectangle that is about 1/8-inch thick (about the thickness of a nickel). The rectangle should be about 12-inches x 14-inches, but the thickness is much more important than the length and width. If the puff pastry becomes so soft that it begins to stick quite a lot, place it in the freezer for about 5 minutes before you continue working with it. Use a bench scraper to ensure that the bottom of the puff pastry is not sticking to the floured surface.

  • Using a pastry brush, brush about half of the puff pastry rectangle along the length with the egg wash very lightly. Sprinkle about 1/4 of the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on the other, bare half of the rectangle. Carefully fold the half with the egg wash up and over the half with the grated cheese, and press down gently to seal. You will now have a rectangle that is at least 1/4-inch thick, and about 6-inches x 14-inches. Sprinkle the rectangle lightly with more flour. Pressing very, very gently with the rolling pin, roll out the rectangle until it is a bit more than 1/8-inch thick, and approximately 9-inches wide. Again, if the puff pastry becomes so soft that it begins to stick quite a lot, place it in the freezer for about 5 minutes before you continue working with it.

  • Using a pastry brush, brush the entire top of the puff pastry rectangle with the egg wash very lightly. Sprinkle with an even but spare layer of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, coarse salt and poppy seeds. Cover with a sheet of unbleached parchment paper, and press down evenly but gently to help the toppings adhere to the pastry. Remove the parchment paper, and slice the pastry along the length with a pastry wheel or sharp knife (or even a pizza cutter) into 10 strips, each about 3/4-inch wide. Separate the strips and place, about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Again, if necessary, place the baking sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes until the pastry is firm enough to handle (but not brittle).

  • Holding the strips of pastry at each end, gently and carefully twist the strips into spirals. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the twists are very firm (between 5 and 10 minutes).* Place in the center of the preheated oven and bake (rotating once) until the straws are crisp, puffed and lightly brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining 2 pieces of puff pastry.

  • *At this point, the straws can be wrapped and kept in the freezer for at least a month before baking directly from the frozen.

Love,
Me
P.S. Did you do it? It’s coming!

  • Jennifer Sasse

    These look so yummy but to be honest, I don’t know if I ever had gluten cheese straws – isn’t that just so weird? Also, thank you for speaking my language girl – you knew I’d be all anxious about your perfectness and the dimensions!!! lol..
    Would you say the puff pastry is like pilsbury crescent dough? I’ve made other GF crescent dough that is just soooo greasy. I’d like something less fatty/greasy.

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

      Not weird at all, Jennifer! Pillsbury crescent dough is more like biscuit dough. Puff pastry is a very multi-layered pie crust, essentially, made by continually folding a large packet of cold butter into pie crust over and over again. It’s like pie crust, but much much lighter and flakier. It has a ton of butter, but shouldn’t ever be greasy since the butter is continually encased in layers of flour. If you read through the GF puff pastry recipe, I think you’ll get the idea. To me, if memory serves, Pillsbury crescent dough feels kinda slimy. I’m not sure what the deal is with that. ;)
      xoxo Nicole

      • Jennifer Sasse

        So which recipe of yours would you say is a good replacement for Pillsbury crescent dough? I have not had any luck with the pizza dough… not sure why…

        • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

          There is a recipe in Bakes Bread for Crescent Rolls (Chapter 6, page 162), but those are yeasted. I just looked at the ingredients for Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and they, surprisingly, are not yeasted. They are basically flour, baking powder and oil (lots of different kinds of it). I think the best sub, though, would be the crescent rolls in the new book. Or you could just use my basic recipe for gluten free pie crust, depending upon what purpose you are looking to serve, you know?
          xo Nicole

  • Morgan

    If i made the puff pastry dough in advance and kept it in the freezer how long would it last? Or do you not reccomend doing this?

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

      You can absolutely do that, Morgan. In fact, that is almost always what I do when I’m planning to work with puff pastry. It will last in the freezer essentially until the butter goes bad, which depends upon how fresh your butter is. I have left puff pastry in the freezer for at least 4 months, then defrosted it overnight in the refrigerator and used it without a problem.

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