These bread sticks are so useful to have for a crunchy alternative to any other type of bread. They are also ideal to pack into a picnic or lunch box. They will keep for a few days in an airtight container, but they are best stored in the freezer, as they only take a couple of minutes to defrost. The method uses a piping bag and nozzle to shape the breadsticks. It is best to use a large nylon one available from cake decorating shops, and a plain nozzle just under an centimetre in diameter.
- 250g Fate All-Purpose Mix
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 sachet yeast (enclosed with the mix)
- 15 mls oil
- 200 mls very warm water
- Pre-heat oven Gas 4.175°C (350°F)
- Place the Fate All-Purpose Mix into a bowl, and stir in the salt and the yeast. Put the measured oil and water into a separate jug. Have ready an electric hand mixer and pour the oil and water all at once onto the dry ingredients. Immediately start mixing to get everything blended together. Then mix on slow speed for about 30 seconds until smooth and thick.
- Place a nozzle into the base of the piping bag, and place the bread stick mixture inside the bag. Twist the top of the bag tightly against the mixture.
- Lightly grease a baking tray, and pipe lines of mixture leaving a small space in between each one. When the tray is full, dip a knife into water, and neaten the ends if necessary. Place the tray into a large polythene bag, and put into a warm place to prove. Leave until risen about half the size again.
- Place into a pre-heated oven, till risen, brown, and crisp. This may take anything from 20 mins to 40 mins.
The cooking time may vary greatly for different ovens. The first time you make them, check them every five minutes. They need to cook steadily, so that they turn lightly brown, and also become crisp. It is best that they do not brown too quickly.
Eileen Green © ~ Fate Special Foods