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Parmesan Breadsticks Recipe

These moreish parmesan breadsticks are easy and quick to prepare. A favourite in our household for weekend sporting events or a lazy afternoon at home.

Ingredients

What you’ll need (for around 20-25 breadsticks)

  • 500 g strong white bread flour
  • 7 g sachet of dried yeast
  • 7 g salt
  • 350 ml water lukewarm
  • 150 g sun-dried tomatoes and/or black olives chopped into 5p-sized pieces
  • 100 g Parmesan cheese coarsely grated

It’s worth getting the best quality sun-dried tomatoes/olives and Parmesan that you can because you can really taste both in these breadsticks. You could swap the Parmesan for Pecorino if you like.

    Instructions

    Part 1 - Make your basic dough

    • Combine the flour, yeast & salt in a big bowl using a whisk or fork.
    • Add the water & mix with your fingers or a fork until the dough starts to form.
    • Turn the dough out onto a clean, flourless work surface & knead for 10-15 minutes until it feels smooth & elastic.
    • Put the dough into a lightly floured bowl, cover with a clean tea towel & leave in a draught-free place for around an hour (or until the dough has roughly doubled in size).

    Part 2 - Make your breadsticks

    • Turn the rested dough out onto a lightly floured work surface & flatten with your hand into a large rectangle, about 2cm thick.
    • Sprinkle the sun-dried tomato pieces & Parmesan over the flattened dough & press down into the dough with your fingers.
    • Fold a third of the dough into the middle & press down.
    • Now fold the opposite side over on top of this & press down all over -you should now have a rectangle that is one third of the width of your original one.
    • Cut the dough into 1cm strips (along the short length) - you’ll get around 20 - 25 from this mixture.
    • Dust your work surface with flour. Twist each of the strips as you gently pull or roll them to about 20cm in length (or the length of your baking sheet).
    • Place on the baking sheet/s, leaving a good gap between each stick to allow them to prove a little more.
    • Cover with a clean tea towel & leave to prove for 30 minutes.
    • Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 220°C.
    • After proving, bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown & delicious.