My family just love these easy breadsticks, perfect to serve with pasta, pizza, soups etc. The dough is made in the bread machine and the bread is baked in the oven. If you want a plain breadstick just omit the Italian herbs.
1 1/4 cups (315ml) warm water, 45 degrees C
45g butter, softened
4 1/2 cups (550g) flour bread flour
2 teaspoons salt
15g dried milk powder
2 1/2 teaspoons active dried baking yeast
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Italian herb mix
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Place bread ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough cycle; press Start.
Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Lightly grease two baking trays.
When dough cycle is complete remove dough to a lightly oiled surface. Divide into 18 pieces. Roll each piece on an oiled board from centre to the outside edges to form bread sticks. Place bread sticks at least 2 to 3cm apart on the prepared trays.
Add herb seasoning to the olive oil and brush on to the top of the breadsticks. (If you would prefer just plain breadsticks, just omit this stage.)
Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes until golden. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
To make the breadsticks a little crispier spray them lightly with water when in the oven. You will need to spray them twice during the first 5 minutes.