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Fondant Mauritian Baguette Fromage – Cheese sticks

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Cheeeeessseeeeeeeeee!

Oh yes like I always mention,anything with cheese in it is a sheer heaven to have.Just like my golden cheese sticks most commonly called the ”Baguette Fromage” in Mauritius.They remind me so much of my childhood days.Back to the days where the first thing I would do when groceries shopping with Mum,would be to run to the aisles to look for them.And there they were,lying on the shelves in all their glory.True,maybe I am being too much right now describing Baguette Fromage as if they were heroes.But honestly try them and you will be hooked!They make great snacks to nibble on and we always make sure we have plenty at home and also when we go to the beach.With time they have become part of our culture and the most favourite snack to nibble on anytime during the day.

Luckily they do not require a lot of ingredients to make and are ready in no time.You can either shallow fry or even bake for a healthier option.But I prefer the frying alternative because they release such an aroma and flavour when being fried. And also they will leave the little children so happy and asking for more.You might have to save some for you before handing them those magic sticks!

Serves 5

Preparation time : 30 mins

Cooking time : 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of sifted flour
  • 1 cup of melted butter
  • 1/2 a cup of White Sesame seeds
  • 2 cups of grated Cheese
  • 1 pinch of Salt
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil for frying

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Method:

  • Add your sifted flour to a big bowl.
  • Then pour in your melted butter in the center.
  • Next add your white sesame seeds.
  • Followed by your grated cheese.
  • Finally knead everything into a dough with a little water at a time.

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  • Divide the dough into 4 equal parts.
  • Take each quarter and roll into a ball shape.
  • On a flat surface sprinkle some flour and with a rolling pin,roll out the dough.

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  • Cut the rolled out dough into equal strips,normally 1 cm each.
  • Meanwhile heat your pan with some vegetable oil and when medium hot,dip one by one.

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  • Keep stirring until golden brown in colour.
  • Remove when done and set aside to cool off on a paper towel.

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After some 30 mins they should be ready to eat.You can store them in a mason jar for weeks and they will still have the snap to it.You will notice as well that I added thyme to mine for extra flavours. You can add any dry herbs you want into the dough while kneading.The best thing is that you can add any flavour your like to your cheese sticks ; Cayenne pepper,dry oregano herbs,cumin powder or any other seeds like even poppy seeds! Up to you really and sometimes you can also swap the Cheddar cheese to Parmesan cheese. It’s up to you really to customise your Baguette Fromage.However the most traditional ones are made up of only Flour,Cheese,Butter and Oil.

Let me go and find mine.It should be somewhere around in the kitchen.Hopefully Mum did not hide them because she doesn’t like us nibbling at night after dinner.Oops! Oh yes please do not forget to let me know your version of it,if ever you make them at yours.I am sure you have your own version and with extra added flavours!

See you around later.

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