My kids love a breadstick, but when I looked at the salt content of many of the high street supermarket versions I felt it was a bit high for me to be giving this to the children as a healthy alternative, but many recipes I found for homemade breadsticks still contain yeast and so take a long time to make and also still use lots of salt. They make a great after school snack and so I started making my own. There are many recipes for homemade breadsticks to be found online, but again many call for too much salt or require proving and I do not have time for that. This is a super quick and easy version. They can be sweet or savoury depending on what you choose to add. I have included a few ideas below the main recipe. The very best thing about this recipe is that it so easy that toddlers can properly get involved and you have a messy play activity too!
What you will need for homemade breadsticks
280g plain flour (you can switch this to wholewheat if you prefer)
3 tsps baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (for littler kids I would just leave this out)
90g of unsalted melted butter
- Mix together the dried ingredients in a bowl. Make sure it is well mixed or you could end up with one very salty breadstick
- Slowly add the milk and mix until it starts to come together. I find I do usually need all of the milk and sometimes have needed a touch more
- Gently knead the dough just enough to make it workable
- Roll out the dough. It is quite a ‘tough’ dough so it really won’t roll that thin. You probably want it about 1/2 cm thick
- Cut the dough into strips. These should be around 1 cm wide. I cut mine in half so that they are a smaller snack, but you can leave them long if you prefer
- Put the melted butter into a baking tray and roll the breadsticks in the butter before putting them in the oven at 200 C for 10 mins (I check after 10 mins and sometimes they need another couple. They should be golden brown)
- Cool on a wire rack and then get eating. They need to be stored in an airtight container and can be kept for a few days, but are best on the first day
Alternative versions of homemade breadsticks
- Add parmesan cheese to the dry ingredients mix. I would then remove the salt altogether as Parmesan is salty. If I do this I also grate more Parmesan over the top of the dough just before I cut it and press gently so it gets stuck!
- Sweeten them up by adding chopped dried fruit such as apricot or strawberries into the dough. I chop the fruit small and add it into the dried ingredients mix so it gets well distributed throughout the dough. Remove the salt if doing this
- If you prefer not to use butter you can line the tin with greaseproof paper and brush each one with olive oil
- Sweeten them with honey. Add 2 tbsp of honey to the dough along with the milk. You may need to reduce the milk volume. Just add slowly and stop once the dough has come together. Make sure the honey is well mixed through otherwise you will end up with some very plain homemade breadsticks and some very sweet ones!
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