Breadsticks

Ingredients

  • 500g Doves Farm Organic Strong White Bread Flour
  • 1 tsp Doves Farm Quick Yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 325ml tepid water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • oil, for trays
  • OPTIONAL SEED DRESSING
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, poppy seeds or linseeds

Method

  1. Rub some oil around the inside of two large oven trays and pre-heat the oven.
  2. Put the flour, yeast, sugar into a large bowl and blend them together.
  3. Stir in the water, and when everything looks craggy and lumpy, add the salt and oil.
  4. Stir everything into a doughy mass then, using your hands gather together a ball of dough.
  5. Knead the dough in the bowl for 100 presses or pick it up and throw it back into the bowl 100 times. Avoid adding flour.
  6. Cut the dough into four and cut each piece into 5, making 20 small pieces of dough.
  7. Roll each piece of dough into a cylinder about 10cm/4” long.
  8. Return to each dough piece and roll it into a 20cm/8” cylinder.
  9. Finally roll all the dough pieces into 30cm/12” long cylinders, the thickness of a pencil.
  10. Sprinkle the chosen seeds over the breadsticks and gently roll each breadstick back and forth so a few seeds stick to each one.
  11. Transfer the dough cylinders to the prepared baking trays, making sure the breadsticks do not touch each other.
  12. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a warm place to rise for 30-60 minutes.
  13. Remove the tea towel and bake for 5 minutes.
  14. Carefully take the baking trays out of the oven and roll each breadstick over.
  15. Return the baking trays to the oven and bake for a further 3-7 minutes or until golden brown.
  16. Leave to cool on a wire rack.