This week, the theme of the Great British Bake Off was bread. The contestants had to make breadsticks, English muffins and a shaped plaited loaf. I have been a bit busy this week due to my husband being in hospital (he is back home now) so went for the easy option of making breadsticks for the #greatbloggersbakeoff run by Helen of The Crazy Kitchen and Jenny from Mummy Mishaps.
My breadstick recipe is based on a pizza dough recipe and are very simple and easy to make. I used my breadmaker to make the dough but follow the instructions for normal pizza dough if you want to make them by hand. Children can help you put the topping on as long as they are not too generous with the garlic oil. The breadsticks passed the ‘snap’ trust but I do not think Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood would be impressed as they are very inconsistent. I am very pleased for a first attempt though. I took them to my cousin’s 40th birthday party this afternoon and they all disappeared in about 30 minutes with everyone saying how lovely they were.
Garlic, Parmesan & Parsley Breadsticks
Ingredients (makes about 30)
- 225g strong white flour, plus more for rolling out
- 150ml cold water
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried active yeast
- Generous seasoning of salt and pepper
- Small handful of Parmesan
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
For the topping
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled
- 8-10 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Small handful of chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- Extra Parmesan to grate on top
- More olive oil to oil the baking tray
- In a breadmaker, mix all the ingredients except the topping ones according to the manufacturers instructions. Use the dough or pizza dough setting on your breadmaker to get the dough ready
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. On a floured surface, roll out the dough until about the size of an A3 sheet of paper.
- In a pestle and mortar, crush the garlic cloves with the salt and then add in the extra virgin olive oil and parsley. Stir until combined.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the garlic and parsley oil over the dough in a thin layer. Grate some Parmesan evenly over the dough.
- Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into long stick shapes to the thickness you desire. Place gently on an oiled baking sheet and allow to cook for 8-10 minutes. Watch them carefully as they can go from underdone to burnt very quickly.
- Remove from the baking sheet as soon as they are cooked and allow to cool to keep the texture right. Eat and enjoy