I have no idea why, but when presented with the chance of a few child-free hours to get on and write my book proposal, I felt the urgent need to make breadsticks…

Actually, I do know why. I am a quite magnificent procrastinator. That is why.

Anyway, they were pretty yummy, and the Smalls liked them, and I did get my proposal done (just need to write a couple of chapters now…)

This is a tweak on the recipe in the River Cottage Bread book by Daniel Stevens, and goes something like this…

This is what you need:

  • 250g bread flour
  • 250g plain flour
  • 5g dried yeast
  • 10g table salt
  • 325ml water
  • drizzle of rapeseed oil
  • About 2tbsp melted butter
  • sugar and cinammon-about a tbsp of each, mixed together in a bowl

This is what you do:

  • Combine the flours, yeast and salt in a bowl (I did mine with a freestanding mixer, but you can knead by hand, although it is quite a wet, sticky dough)
  • Add the water, and a drizzle of oil, and knead to bring it all together
  • Knead for about 10 minutes-until ‘silky and smooth’
  • Shape the dough into a round, and then place it back in your bowl and cover with a tea towel
  • Leave to rise until doubled in size (about an hour or two)
  • Then flour your work surface liberally and roll out the dough until it is about 5mm thick
  • In one deft movement (!) flip the dough over and dust the other side with flour
  • Cut out strips (using a knife or one of those bread chopper things that looks like a grout spreader) about 1cm wide and place on a baking tray (grease or line the tray)
  • Use a pastry brush to ‘paint’ the strips with melted butter and then sprinkle the sugar/cinammon mix over the top


  • Leave to prove for about 30mins
  • P-reheat your oven to 200C
  • Bake for about 15-20mins-I did 15, and they were nice and golden but a bit chewy, I would maybe go for 20 minutes next time

The Smalls thought these were wonderful, especially when combined with Nutella dip (just Nutella, in a bowl)



3 thoughts on “Breadsticks

  1. I make breadsticks quite often, but haven’t tried sweet ones. They sound lovely- must try them! Anything with cinnamon is a good idea as far as I’m concerned.

    I usually use my standard bread recipe,maybe with an extra glug of olive oil, roll them into sausages with some curly-topped to please youngest child, (shove straight in the oven as I’ve left it so last minute they don’t have time to prove) and bake.They are then greeted by guests with ‘You’ve MADE your own BREADSTICKS?’ like it’s really difficult. Funny how we’ve been conditioned to think that some things should only be bought in a packet…

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