Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pumpkin cheese sticks

There are a few parties and wedding dinners coming up the next few nights. Other than steamed potatoes and sweet potatoes, I am thinking to bake some hand-held snacks for the lil' fella so that he can keep himself fed and occupied while we feast ourselves.
I have decided to make these cheese sticks again. I have made them before without pumpkin. But since I've just initiated this cooking/baking event for babies under 2 that involves pumpkin, I should try them out with pumpkin.
As expected, it turned out nice. Again, it's crunchy on the outside and soft inside. Just right for the baby.

Here's what you'll need:
*2tbsp pumpkin, steam-cooked and mashed
*2 cups flour (I used a combination of oat flour and all purpose flour at a ratio of about 50:50)
*30g butter (this time, I used grapeseed oil, as I ran out of butter)
*75g grated cheddar cheese
*1 egg yolk, beaten with about 1/3 cup milk
*1/4tsp dried herbs and cracked black pepper
1. Sieve flour into a mixing bowl.
2. Rub in butter or oil, until the mixture resembles breadcrumb.
3. Add in beaten egg yolk and milk.
4. Add in cheese and season with herbs and pepper.
5. Continue to knead until mix is dry and is okay to shape. If not, try adjust the consistency by adding more flour (if too wet); or adding more milk (if mix is too dry).
6. Pick up about a tablespoon of flour mix and roll into stick shape. Place on baking tray lined with parchment paper.
7. Preheat oven to 175deg C. Bake for about 20-25min (depending on thickness of sticks) until the cheese sticks is golden in color.
1. This is suitable as snacks for BLW (baby led weaning).
2. Suitable from 8months and above. The lil' fella is turning 11month old end of this month.
This post is linked to the cooking/baking event, Yummy Homemade BabyFood, organized by me and Healthy Food for My Baby. To join, simply cook and bake any dishes for your babies under 2, using pumpkin (for month of September 2013). For more details, please see this.

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