Happy parmesan twists with anchovy or sesame and poppy seeds

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.

(For another variation on conventional cheese straws see Delia's recipe for Gruyere and Parmesan Allumetts below)

A picture of Delia's Happy Christmas

This recipe is from Delia's Happy Christmas. Makes about 14

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All you do is roll out the pastry thinly, on a lightly floured surface, to a 9-in (23-cm) square.

Then trim the edges of the pastry and brush the whole lot with beaten egg. After that, sprinkle with the Parmesan, cayenne and a little sea salt, then press this down into the pastry with your fingers, and now cut the square into 1-2-in (1-cm) strips. Now hold the end of each strip and twist them round and round, before pressing the ends on to the baking tray.

(You can chill the twists at this stage if you don’t want to cook them straight away.)

Then pop them into the oven to bake for 8 minutes, or until the twists are puffed and golden brown.

Then allow them to cool and transfer them to a plastic freezer box to freeze.


Preheat the oven to gas mark 6, 400°F, 200°C.


You will need two Delia Online Baking Sheets with Liners or two baking sheets lightly greased

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