Growing up Southern, I ate a lot of, what we called, cheese straws. Cheese straws at weddings, funerals, showers, church gatherings, you name it. I don’t know when they started circulating as a popular “Canapes” go-to, but I know it was as early as 1943.
This particular recipe is very flour-rich. There was a slight hint of the cheese, with an overpowering taste of flour. I know, I know. It’s a pastry. It’s supposed to taste like flour, but this particular recipe just reasserted the notion I have of olden recipe: they taste bland.
It needed something more, so I made an apple pie, using this cheese pastry recipe as the crust. If you’re wondering, it tasted fantastic.
These, by themselves, nothing to write home about, but they would be good with some pepper jelly on them, maybe. Yeah. Pepper jelly would definitely boost them up a notch.