Parmesan Twists with Anchovy or Sesame and Poppy Seeds

These are a doddle to make and can be served plain with Parmesan, as in the picture, or with seeds, chopped anchovy or a mixture of them all.  Just perfect for serving with drinks.

Makes about 24

This recipe is from Delia's Happy Christmas

Parmesan Twists with Anchovy or Sesame and Poppy Seeds
 250g butter puff pastry, either rolled or leftover trimmings
 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
 2 anchovy fillets, very finely chopped
 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
 1 small egg, beaten
 salt and freshly milled black pepper
 flour (for rolling)
 Preheat the oven to gas mark 6, 400°F, 200°C.
Equipment:  You will need two Delia Online Baking Sheets with Liners or two baking sheets lightly greased


Begin by rolling out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to an oblong roughly 30x23cm, then divide it into 2 pieces (15x23cm).

Then take one of the pieces of pastry and brush it well with beaten egg.  After that, sprinkle the Parmesan evenly all over, followed by the pieces of anchovy, and press it all down into the pastry either with your fingers or a palette knife.

Now brush the second piece of pastry with beaten egg and sprinkle it evenly with a mixture of the sesame and poppy seeds, and again press the seeds well into the pastry and add some seasoning.

Now place both the pastry sheets on a lightly floured tray and chill them for about 30 minutes, so they are easier to cut and twist. 

Then cut each piece into 12 evenly sized long strips and place each one on the baking tray. Now, holding down one end, twist them round and round, before pressing the other end to the baking gray.

(You can now cover and chill the twists if you don't want to cook them straight away)

When you are ready too cook them preheat the oven to 200C, Gas Mark 6, pop them in the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes, until they are puffed and golden brown.

They can be made ahead and warmed through in the oven.  Alternatively, once cooked, freeze them till needed - in which case put them on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven at the same temperature for 5 minutes. 

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