Here’s a good recipe for home baked bread sticks. If I can do it, I promise you can, too! It may take a little while to make them, but most of the time is letting them rise, and the effort is well worth the tasty outcome!
Ingredients For Home Baked Bread sticks
- 500g (1 lbs) strong plain bread flour, plus extra for kneading
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp fast-action dried yeast (or 1 pkt)
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 300 ml (1/2 pint) milk
Home Baked Bread stick Directions:
1) Put the flour, salt, yeast and sugar into the mixing bowl
2) Measure and heat the milk in a small saucepan for about 1 min until warm but not hot to the touch. Alternatively, microwave for 1 minute on full power 3) Gradually mix the milk into the flour mixture. Then use your hands to bring the mixture together to a soft but not sticky dough. Add a little extra warm water if necessary
4) Sprinkle your work surface with a little flour, then knead the dough for 5 minutes until it is smooth and elastic
5) Put it back into the bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 45-60 minutes until it has doubled in size
6) Knead the dough for 5 minutes until it is smooth and elastic, then cut it into approx 2 dozen pieces
7) Roll each out to make a 25cm long rope
8) Grease your baking sheets
9) Put the bread sticks slightly spaced apart onto baking sheets. Cover with lightly oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 20-30 minutes until they are half as big again.
10) Preheat the oven now to 200C/400F
11) Discard the cling film and bake the bread sticks in the oven for 6-8 minutes until pale golden. Serve cold if you can wait that long!
You can use seeds, cheese, or other ingredients to make a tasty bread stick even better! In the above photo I made a selection of sticks. Some plain, some with cheese mixed into the dough, and some with the cheese sprinkled on the top.
These taste great, and it’s good to know exactly what is in your food. These aren’t filled with preservatives, flavour enhancers, etc.
You can learn about math and science in the kitchen while your child helps and observes the process of the rising dough. And hands of all sizes can help to roll the dough into little sausages or worms, or whatever their little minds think of.
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