This week, our challenge was to make something, using cheese.
Having visited Coventry Transport Museum yesterday, there was only one thing on the girl’s minds…..
Miss L: “Can we make a car?”
Miss M: “Yeah, that actually moves??!!”
Me: “With…. cheese?”
Stood before me were four, very hopeful looking, little girls. So, I gave it some thought and came up with…
Cheese Straw Cars, with a Roundabout Cheese Dip and Traffic Light Nibbles 😬
We began by washing our hands, tying aprons and preparing our ingredients:
Cheese Straw Mixture
- 300gg (12oz) Self Raising Flour (we have used Plain Flour in the past, it still works, just doesn’t puff up as much)
- 2 pinches Salt
- 3 pinches Mustard Powder (not essential, but does give it a nice subtle kick)
- 150g (6oz) Margarine
- 225g (9oz) Cheddar Cheese or Red Leicester cheese, grated
- 1 medium egg
Firstly, the girls added the flour, salt and mustard powder to a large bowl.
Then added the margarine, using their hands to make breadcrumbs.
As you can see from the above photo, Little Miss was not keen on this, but the eldest three girls really enjoyed squishing the margarine into the flour mixture.
They added enough egg to the mixture, to form the cheese straw dough, then placed it onto the lightly floured table. This was then rolled out to, roughly, 1cm thick.
I helped the girls to cut out ‘car’ shapes, making holes where the wheels should go, using the handle of a wooden spoon. The girls then cut out wheels, using a round cutter, and placed them onto a lined baking tray.
After the above photo was taken, I remembered the wheels also needed holes and so, used the same spoon handle for these!! (Better late, than never!)
I then placed the car bodies into a 180c oven for roughly 15 minutes, checking them, until they began to go slightly golden brown at the edges.
The wheels followed, but only took around 10 minutes to brown. We then placed these on a cooling rack…..
…. whilst we had fun with some flour!!
After we’d all finished getting a bit side tracked, we cut out a circle of cardboard, to look like a roundabout and began on the cheese dip. Now, there are so many types of cheese dip, you really can make whatever you fancy, but we went for a cheesey cheese sauce.
We melted 1oz of butter in a pan, then added 1oz of plain flour and gently, a little at a time, added 1/2 a pint of milk. I then turned the heat up and stirred continuously, until we had a thick and creamy white sauce.
Miss M added 4oz of cheddar cheese and stirred to blend. We poured this into a bowl, sprinkled with cheese, then placed it in the centre of our roundabout.
Using drinking straws, we added our cheese straw wheels, to our cheese straw car bodies, added a little detail with icing pens and placed them around our cheese dip.
If you gently push the cars, they move! The girls were totally thrilled by this. 🙂
To finish our lunch off, we added side bowls of grapes, carrots and cucumber, resembling traffic lights. I think red pepper, instead of grapes, would have been more effective, but unfortunately we didn’t have any to use today.
The girls absolutely adored their lunch, each choosing a car, playing with it, breaking it up, dipping it and eating it!
Once again, we had a lot of fun. 🙂