This breadsticks recipe is so easy, it’s a great bake for children to do. They’ll love kneading the dough and forming the bread sticks (as well as eating them!)
Breadsticks are a great bake for little chefs as they’re really quick and easy. My kids always enjoy getting their hands messy kneading dough and these breadsticks were no exception. I love showing children that you can make something out of just a few ingredients so with only 4 ingredients these breadsticks are perfect for that. And, who doesn’t love bread when it’s fresh from the oven?!
I think any homemade bread is delicious and these are no exception. Fresh bread from the oven not only smells fantastic, but if you can eat it still a little warm you’re in for a real treat.
How can kids help make these breadsticks?
I love making any kind of bread with my kids. They always love getting to measure the ingredients out and knead the bread dough. Kneading bread is a great, tactile experience for toddlers and children and a fab way of getting them busy in the kitchen. Making these breadsticks also gives kids the chance to roll and shape the dough to form the sticks – a fun task for little ones to do.
Can you make breadsticks without bread flour?
Yes. We made ours with bread flour but these would work with plain or all-purpose flour. If you use plain flour, the texture isn’t quite the same, but they do taste just as nice.
Breadsticks are really simple so make a great base for adding extra flavours. You might want to try adding some grated parmesan to the dough to make a slightly cheesy breadstick.
Poppyseeds or sesame seeds also add a nice bit of extra crunch and flavour to the breadsticks. Simply sprinkle some of your chosen seed on top of each breadstick before you bake them in the oven.
What can you serve bread sticks with?
Breadsticks make a great snack for kids, (even better when they’ve made them themsevles!) They’re also a perfect nibble for any social occasion. I like to serve them next to a bake camembert – there’s nothing better than dipping these into the oozey cheese.
Or perhaps serve them in the winter with a lovely bowl of homemade soup. They’re a great alternative to crusty bread or croutons.
Time: 30 minutes + 30 minutes proving + 20 minutes baking
450g (2 ¼ cups) strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
1 x 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
1½ tsp salt
250–275ml (1 cup) warm water
How to make easy breadsticks
Start by dusting two or three baking trays with flour. My wee one enjoyed doing this (very thoroughly) with our pastry brush, but you can just sprinkle the flour with your fingers. Alternatively you can just put a sheet of baking paper down on your baking tray.
Measure everything into a mixing bowl
Get your kids to weigh the flour and add it into a large mixing bowl, or a freestanding mixer.
Add the sachet of yeast in one side of your bowl and the salt in another.
Measure the water into a measuring jug then get your kids to slowly add it to your bowl. Mix everything together either using the dough hook of your mixer or some wooden spoons.
Knead your dough.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for ten minutes or use the dough hook of your mixer for five minutes. We tend to start using our mixer and then finish the kneading by hand, because although my kids love kneading bread dough, they don’t have the patience to do it for long enough.
If you knead by hand, get your kids to hold the dough with one hand and push it away with the other to stretch it. Bring it back together and repeat. It’s ready when it starts to look smooth. This is a good recipe to practice kneading on if you’ve never done it before. The dough is much more forgiving than a fancy loaf of bread if your kids don’t do it properly.
Make the breadsticks.
Divide the bread dough into 12 equal sized balls, then get your kids to help roll them into long sausages. Ours were all about 25-30cm long and a few cm thick. Place them on the floured baking trays with a little space between each one.
Cover the baking trays with lightly oiled cling flim and leave them somewhere warm for around half an hour until they have risen slightly.
Bake the breadsticks.
Preheat the oven to 200C /390F
Pop the breadsticks in the oven for 18-20 minutes. They’re ready when they are nice and golden and feel slightly crisp to touch. If you tap them they may sound a bit hollow.
Remove them from the oven, leave them to cool slightly and enjoy!
- 450 g (2 ¼ cups) strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1 x 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
- 1½ tsp salt
- 250 –275ml 1 cup warm water
- Start by dusting two or three baking trays with flour.
Measure everything into a mixing bowl
- Weigh the flour and add it into a large mixing bowl, or a freestanding mixer.
- Add the sachet of yeast in one side of your bowl and the salt in another.
- Measure the water into a measuring jug then slowly add it to your bowl. Mix everything together.
Knead your dough.
- Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for ten minutes or use the dough hook of your mixer for five minutes.
Make the bread sticks.
- Divide the bread dough into 12 equal sized balls, then roll them into long sausages. Place them on the floured baking trays.
- Cover the baking trays with lightly oiled cling flim and leave them somewhere warm for around half an hour until they have risen slightly.
Bake the bread sticks.
- Preheat the oven to 200C /390F
- Pop the bread sticks in the oven for 18-20 minutes. They're ready when they are nice and golden and feel slightly crisp to touch.
- Remove them from the oven and enjoy!
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