I want to be the girl with the most straws.Gather Journal Braided Cheese Straws
In 1986, it was revealed that Andrew Wyeth had been painting his neighbor’s wife, a stout Prussian woman with braided blonde pigtails named Helga Testorf, in secret for the past 15 years. Though she shunned the media attention, Testorf told one biographer of the experience: “I became alive. I’ve never done anything more worthwhile.” For the most recognizable girl next door: cheese straws braided as her hair was.
makes 12 braids, serves 6 to 12
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Pulse the flour, salt, and smoked paprika in a food processor until combined. Add the butter and pulse until it forms a coarse meal. Pulse in vinegar and 3 Tbsp milk. If dough doesn’t hold well, add the remaining Tbsp milk. Pulse in the cheese just until evenly combined.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to roughly the size of an 11 x 14 inch rectangle and ⅛ -inch thick. Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan, cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
Cut dough into ¼ inch strips. Working with three strips at a time, gently braid, slightly rotating each strip inward to keep braid snug. If dough gets too soft, chill briefly. Bake until just golden, 15 to 18 minutes.