DISHES
by Lorraine Pascale

The best way to serve these breadsticks is with dips such as hummus, taramasalata and guacamole. Mini-sticks can be fun as canapés for a dinner party.

Cakes and baking

Buyer's guide

Thin breadsticks, up to 2.5cm/1in in diameter, are usually sold fully crisp and so don’t go stale in the same way as soft bread does. Like crackers, they can lose their crisp texture in storage, but can be re-crisped in a hot oven for a few minutes.

Storage

Store breadsticks in an airtight container.

Preparation

Breadsticks are easily made with a simple bread dough: roll or cut the dough into strips and bake in a moderately hot oven at 200C/390F/gas 6 for 20-25 minutes, or until golden-brown. Very crisp breadsticks require a second stage in a cool oven at around 120C/250F/gas ¼ to become completely dry. Larger breadsticks, like baguettes or stirato, should be used as fresh bread.