Recently I rewatched most of Downton Abbey to take note of the food references, and the show was just as captivating as it was when I first watched it. I had forgotten about some events in the story, and even the ones I remembered were still exciting the second time around.
In Downton Abbey, there are a few scenes that revolve around food, but there are also a bunch of foods mentioned just in passing by one of the characters. These are actually my favorite food references, because it’s just a little something to lend an authentic feel to the world, rather than to move the story along.
One of these such references was to cheese straws. During a scene in the kitchen, Daisy mentions casually that she is going to make some cheese straws. I love cheese, so I looked up a good traditional recipe for cheese straws to recreate and share with you. I found a recipe from BBC Food and adapted it to my tastes.
Cheese Straws Recipe – Downton Abbey
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup cheddar cheese
- 3 Tbsp. parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne powder
- 1 egg yolk
- 3 Tbsp. cold water (or more, if needed)
- Sift together the flour and salt.
- Add the butter, and crumble it together with the flour with your fingers until it is well incorporated.
- Add the cheddar, parmesan, cayenne powder, and egg yolk and mix.
- Pour some cold water into the mix, a few Tbsp. at a time until a stiff dough forms.
- Chill the dough for about 30 minutes
- Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4-inch thick.
- Cut the dough into thin strips (mine were a bit too thick in the photos…now I know for next time!)
- Lay the strips onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Bake the cheese straws at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.
What I loved about this recipe is that most tea-time recipes I find online are sweet, and this is the perfect tea-time snack with a savory flavor. So, make up a batch of these Downton Abbey cheese straws before your next tea party!
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