These perfect little party snacks are a real crowd pleaser. Not too carb heavy yet still satisfying the pre dinner or party drinks munchies. The fact they look bigger than what they are in a sense that you think you’re eating more than you actually are a bonus for those waist watchers. You can feel like you’re splurging, but you’re actually you’re not.

I like to serve a few different types of dips to compliment the spread such as, homemade hummus, tapenade, & baba ganoush – although it’s not an essential because they’re so delicious just as they are.


Bread Sticks

Ingredients

500ml cake flour

5 mlsalt

15ml sugar

15ml oil

+- 350ml Luke warm water

5g instant yeast

4 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary – finely chopped

1/2 cup Black Olives – pitted & roughly chopped

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 1800
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together (cake flour, salt, sugar, instant yeast, rosemary & olives).
  3. Add the oil & water to form a dough (do not starve the dough).
  4. Knead till the right consistency is reached.
  5. Proof the dough for 1 hour OR until doubled in size.
  6. Shape the bread sticks & proof for a second time.
  7. Egg wash & bake for 12 – 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool on a ventilated surface.

Storage directions: Store in an airtight container or cling wrap well in the fridge – refresh on order in a 2000C oven.


Cheese Straws

Ingredients

1 Kg Puff Pastry – at room temperature

1.5 cups Mature Cheddar Cheese – grated

1 cup Mozzarella Cheese – grated

5 Tbls Whole Grain Mustard

2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

2 Eggs – beaten for egg wash

Sesame Seeds – for garnish

Poppy Seeds – for garnish

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 1800 C
  2. Lightly flour you chosen work surface, unravel the puff pastry & lay onto the floured surface.
  3. using a floured rolling-pin, roll out the puff to about 3mm thick.
  4. Sparingly brush with egg wash & spread over the whole grain mustard over 1 half of the puff.
  5. Sprinkle over the cheeses, salt pepper & cayenne.
  6. Fold the plain side over onto the cheesy side. Press down using a firm hand.
  7. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, slice into long strips (+- 3cm wide)
  8. Grease a baking tray, twist the puff strips and place onto the tray.
  9. Brush sparingly with egg wash & garnish with sesame & poppy seeds.
  10. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Storage directions: Store in an airtight container or cling wrap well in the fridge – refresh on order in a 2000C oven.

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