Spin the wheel

Homemade breadsticks

  • 50g caster sugar, divided
  • 7g dried active baking yeast
  • 240ml warm water, divided
  • 280g plain flour, or more if needed
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 110g butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Dissolve 1 1/2 teaspoons of the sugar with the yeast in 1/2 of the warm water in a bowl. Let stand until yeast begins to foam, about 5 minutes.
  • Beat flour, oil, egg, salt, remaining sugar and remaining warm water into yeast mixture until smooth, adding more flour if needed to form a soft dough. Turn dough onto a floured work surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Place dough in an oiled bowl, turning once to cover completely with oil. Cover bowl with a damp towel and place in a warm area until dough is doubled in size, about 40 minutes.
  • Grease a baking tray.
  • Punch dough down and turn onto a floured work surface. Divide dough into 18 pieces and shape each into a 15cm rope. Arrange dough pieces on the prepared baking tray about 5cm apart; cover with a towel or cling film and let rise until doubled in size, about 25 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Remove cover from dough.
  • Bake breadsticks in the preheated oven until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Whisk butter and garlic salt together in a bowl; brush over each breadstick. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each. Serve warm.