Mediterranean Bread Sticks



These yummy bread sticks are relatively easy to make and great for everyday use as well as entertaining. I like to serve them with all sorts of dips and cheeses and when entertaining, I often wrap them with prosciutto (or thinly sliced turkey ), decorated with some fresh herb or arugula (see photo below).


With the fast approaching holiday season, I will be making a bunch of these in various sizes and freezing them for later use. For Xmas I often use long bread sticks as edible table decorations and place them in various colored containers and sometimes with ribbons too!


Ingredients


30 g (1 oz) fresh yeast 2 ½ cups warm water (40 - 46 C / 105 -115 F) 1 tsp ground ginger 3 tblsp honey or sugar 1 tblsp salt 1 kg / 2.2 lbs bread or all-purpose flour (approximately) ¼ cup olive oil Sesame, fennel or poppy seeds, fresh chopped rosemary or cracked black pepper Preparation Method In a mixer (or large bowl), dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add the ground ginger, honey and salt. Incorporate about ¾ of the flour and mix. Add the olive oil and knead with dough hook for a couple of minutes. Add as much of the reserved flour as needed to make a smooth but elastic dough. Remove dough from mixer and knead a little. Place dough in a bowl, oiled with olive oil. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in volume. Punch down dough and knead a bit. Divide dough into 24 – 32 equal pieces and then proceed to roll them out into equally long ropes. Place on a cookie sheet which has been covered with baking paper. Spray bread dough ropes lightly with water, or if you prefer egg-wash, and sprinkle with topping of choice (sesame seeds, sea salt, dried oregano poppy seeds, fresh chopped rosemary or a mixture of two) on one or both sides.



Bake bread sticks immediately in a pre-heated oven for about 15 - 20 minutes at 175 C or 375F. Remove from oven and place on baking racks to cool.

Tips!

For something different and more substantial, add ½ cup chopped black pitted Kalamata olives + 2 - 3 tsp dried oregano + 2 tsp orange zest to the bread stick recipe above, once kneaded. If you like to make crunchy bread sticks then bake bread sticks at 400 F (200 C) for 10 minutes and then lower the oven temperature to 300 F (149 C). Bake for another 15 – 20 minutes which will dry out the bread sticks and make them crunchy.


These bread sticks can be frozen and re-heated before use.


©KaritasM - November 2022


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