Ever tried making your own breadsticks? Use this basic recipe and jazz it up with whatever you fancy: chocolate drops, orange zest or whatever else you've got in the cupboard. Or add salt/cheese to make them savoury. We melted chocolate to dip them in once they had cooled down and added some sprinkles to make them look like a magic wand. This recipe makes eight.
- 1 x 7g sachet dried yeast
- 2 tbsps caster sugar
- 110ml warm water
- 250g plain flour
- Milk for brushing
- Toppings of your choice, eg. milk chocolate to melt for dipping/sprinkles
1. Put the yeast and sugar into the bowl you're going to use for mixing. Add the water, mix and leave for five minutes.
2. Add the flour and mix until it becomes a dough (you can do this with a food mixer or by hand). Knead for five minutes.
3. Put the dough back into a lightly floured bowl, cover and leave somewhere warm for 30 - 60 minutes (it should have doubled in size).
4. Pre-heat the oven to 200c/180c fan/gas mark 6.
5. Knead the dough for a few minutes on a floured surface.
6. Divide it into 8 pieces, then shape into breadsticks. Put them on a lined tray, leaving a bit of space between each one.
7. Brush with milk (or oil) to give them a nice colour once they're cooked.
8. Put into the oven and cook for 15 - 20 minutes. They should be golden brown on top and sound hollow.
9. Cool completely on a rack before decorating as you like. We melted 100g of milk chocolate carefully in the microwave before dipping them in and sprinkling liberally. Leave to set. Magic!
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