It was last week that I went to volunteer in lil A's nursery again and this time a mini mobile zoo was visiting his nursery . I didnt had any idea why they called parents for, as it was just something coming to school ,usually parents are called when they go outside . But since my afternoons are free I always volunteer whenever they ask parents help.when I went in that day to my surprise I was asked to do some baking with kids .Their plan was dividing kids into 4-5 batches and while few of them went to see animals kept in a hall, some of them were left for playing and some for baking with me and some for face painting ! They gave me some pastry sheets,cheese,pesto sauce ,few rolling pins and a bunch of kids ! I was asked to help them bake cheese twists or straws and the the kids have do everything expect the oven part !
Plain flour/maida - 125 gm
Butter - 125 gm
Salt - a pinch
Water - 100 ml
Beaten egg - for egg wash
Parmasan cheese grated - 1/2 cup
Bacon slices -3 (optional)
Pesto sauce/dijon mustard - to spread (optional)
Salt and Pepper
1.Melt 20 gms of butter in a saucepan.
2.Sift the flour and add pinch of salt.Add melted butter,water and make it a smooth dough.
3.Roll the dough into a rectangle and place the butter in the middle and roll out gently to a sheet.
4.Fold the sheet one time and refrigerate for 10- 20 minutesand repeat the process atleast 6 times.(watch the video)
5.Sprinkle the cheese on the sheet and gently press it down.
6.Spread pesto sauce and cut into stripes.
7.If using bacon cut them into strips and place on top of the pastry stripes.
8 .Twist the stripes and place them in a baking tray and give it an egg wash.
9.Bake them in preheated oven at 200 degree centigrade for 20 - 25 mintes until the pastry is golden brown.
Note - Adding bacon slices and dejon mustard is adapted from a TV show