I am one of those people who love bread, any type of bread but one who always catches my attention when I go to the restaurant or at the supermarket, is its variety in breadsticks. This is my first attempt of making them and I am very happy to have reproduced these long crackers which have inside few simple ingredients, are easy to make and are definitely healthier than those we buy at the supermarket. I added fresh parsley, basil and sesame seeds but you can add whatever spice or flavour you prefer.
For this recipe you will need:
7 gr of dried yeast
1 teaspoon of sugar
500gr of strong white flour
60ml Olive oil
15 gr of fresh parsley (or dried parsley)
15 gr of fresh Basil
15 gr of Sesame seeds
2 teaspoon of Salt
315ml of Warm Water
For the preparation:
Mix the yeast, the sugar and 315 ml of warm water in a small bowl and leave to rest for about 5-10 minutes, until you see the yeast is bubbling and foaming on the top.
Meanwhile in another bowl mix the flour with the salt, then add (the mixture of water sugar and yeast), the olive oil and carefully knead the mixture until soft and elastic (adding some water if necessary) and then form a ball. Now add only the herbs (saving the sesame seed which I added later) and knead again and after that put the kneaded ball into a transparent bowl (in which I put some oil so that the mixture doesn’t stick) cover with a cling film and let to rest inside the oven with just the light on for about 1 hour, until it doubles in volume.
After an hour, preheat the oven at 200 C/ 400 F/gas mark 6. Take 2 flat baking trays and in put some baking paper then take the mixture, knead it for 1 minute and then carefully divide it into 20-24 portions and then roll each portion until you have a long cracker shape, carefully place them on the tray (and sprinkle some sesame seed on some of them to add extra flavour). Now sprinkle with some water and bake for about 15-20 minutes (until slightly brown and crispy-it really depends upon the oven).
And that’s it, now you can have them with any dip or sauce you prefer.
I definitely recommend trying to make your own breadsticks because you will be surprised by the results and it is very easy to make. You can have them if you go for a picnic or a nice special dinner date or simply for a healthy snack. When I was in Italy I remember eating them with some good Parma ham wrapped around them. (Grissini con Prosciutto Crudo – in Italian) Delicious!!!
Hope you like this very simple but healthy snack! 🙂