Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cheesy Twists for #SundaySupper 's Second Birthday!

Happy birthday #SundaySupper! I have to say I was pretty amazed that it's only two years old -  I thought I was pretty late to the party when I first joined in the fun on June 3, 2012. The event actually kicked off on January 8, 2012 with eight cooks and a lot of ideas. Now we have over 300 passionate people warming our hearts and kitchens every week! Today is my 65th participation in the party and I am so glad to be part of such an amazing group - I can't wait to see what the next year will bring.

I was going to bake a cake for this celebration, but since we're all still easing off from the indulgences of Christmastime I thought maybe a savoury appetizer would be a bit lighter on the palate. I decided on a light, flaky cheese-laced twist, which I modelled after one of my favourite sweet snacks - the French Twist. Rather than break out the puff pastry, though, I opted for a faster, healthier dough that is made with half spelt flour and relies on the use of baker's ammonia to leaven. The ammonia not only makes them puff into gorgeous sticks, but gives them a light and crispy texture - just like puff pastry - that baking powder alone can't give. The cheese came in two forms for a bit rounder flavour (a powdered Cheddar and a few spoonfuls of Parmesan), and the twists were brushed with just a touch of butter before baking to give them the perfect tinge of gold.

Cheesy Twists

These twists were a hit at my house - party or no! We actually served them two ways: at my stepdad's birthday party last week they were alone as part of the "bread basket", but the leftovers cozied up with some Spicy Ketchup for dunking. Check out all the other #SundaySupper birthday treats below!

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Cheesy Twists
Makes 36 twists
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups spelt flour
1 tsp baker's ammonia
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
¼ cup cheese powder (like Kraft or Frontier)
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
pinch salt
½ tsp cream of tartar
¼ cup canola oil
1 cup whole milk
1 tbsp melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flours, baker’s ammonia, baking powder, sugar, cheese powder, Parmesan, salt, and cream of tartar.
  3. Mix in oil and milk to form a soft dough.
  4. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth.
  5. Roll dough into a 16” x 8” rectangle.
  6. Brush dough with melted butter and cut into ½” wide strips.
  7. Twist each strip and place twists 1” apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 65.6
Total Fat: 2.8 g
Cholesterol: 2.9 mg
Sodium: 37.5 mg
Total Carbs: 8.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g
Protein: 2.1 g