The Cornell House dates back to 1858. It was built on Markham Road in Scarborough (part of the greater Toronto area in the east end). It was moved to Thomson Park in the early sixties where it now sits as a pioneer museum. If you live in Toronto, Thomson Park is on Brimley.
Dig the plank walkway. Even though the house is very much pioneer-style, the planks give it a wild west feeling.
The McCowan log house.
Outhouse in the snow.
Above and below: frozen in time treasures in the work shed.
Below: Furniture and object d'art from the Cornell House.
The Cornell House is also the Scarborough Historic Museum. Volunteers dressed in period costume were handing out cheese straws as well as the recipe for how to make them. Scroll down to find out more.
You'll need 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda (I'd use less baking soda and salt next time), 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon of dry mustard (I left this out), 3 tablespoons of butter, 2 cups of grated sharp cheddar, 1 egg, and 5 tablespoons of cold water. Preheat oven to 425, mix dry ingredients together until it has a "breadcrumb" consistency. Add wet ingredients. We put the cheese in last. I'd even say that you could use 1 1/2 cups of cheddar and they'd still be cheesy.
The cheese straws they gave us at the Cornell House were shaped like crescent moons. My mother confirmed that they are supposed to be straw-shaped, so I got my palms a-rolling.
Here's the cheesy dough.Because of all the grated cheese, it was hard to get perfectly rounded shapes. Duncan even made a cheese "snail" and an arrow. I like the rustic down home look.
And here they are. If you like scones, you'll enjoy these.