Here's what you'll need:
1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (2 1/2 cups)
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter at room temperature
2 tablespoons water
Sift together the flour, mustard, salt and cayenne pepper.
In another bowl beat the butter and cheese until well mixed
Gradually add in the flour. Once all the flour is mixed in add the water and beat for 1 minute. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 4 or 5 times. Roll out the dough on wax paper into a 12x9 rectangle. Slide the dough onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate 15 minutes. While the dough is chilling preheat the oven to 425.
Transfer the strips to a cookie sheet. Bake one cookie sheet at a time for about 14 minutes or until the cheese straws are golden brown and crisp.
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