Perfect little soft Italian pizza flavoured breadsticks, the kids love them, they’re great as a snack all on their own or dipped in something delicious.
I have spent a lot of time in the garden lately with the boys. We’re lucky that our little piece of earth is quite the suntrap. Therefore, lawn picnics are totally becoming a ritual for us right now.
So, in order to have our picnic, we need lawn picnic style food of course! These breadsticks are ideal for that, they’re full of flavour and are easy to pack and take along on days out.
The boys really, really loved these! So, out came a big bowl of hummus and we began dipping and munching on these in between various garden activities for most of the afternoon.
More Like a Bread Snack
Now I can’t say that these are at all like a traditional Italian Breadstick you would find in Italy, the Grissini in Italy are typically thinner with more crunch. These are more bready and chewey in texture, making them perfect for dipping and snacking and they are much more filling. You can also make them any size you like, smaller versions are perfect for little hands or parties.
You may also wonder what other foods you can pair with breadsticks? Since these are like a bread snack, not only do they go well with various dips, but you can also eat these breadsticks with soup too. This courgette soup flavoured with basil will taste lovely with these dipped in.
How to Make Soft Breadsticks
This cheesey breadstick recipe is surprisingly easy to make and you can make them any size you like too. You will find the dough a little on the sticky side, this is normal. Coating your hands in flour before shaping the breadsticks will help you not to get too messy.
Allowing them enough rising time is super important after you have shaped them, but the time can vary depending on the time of the year and the humidity levels, so it’s best to go by your eye rather than a set time for best results.
The Italian Herb flavours coupled with the sun-dried tomatoes are the thing that give these soft breadsticks their pizza like qualities and their rich colour. Sun dried tomatoes have a very distinct flavour to them which goes particularly well in a lot of bread based recipes and are what give these pizza breadsticks their orange hue. The flavour isn’t overpowering but is very apparent and recognisable.
Food to reminisce by…
There’s something about sun dried tomatoes that makes me remember a summer in Italy. And, combined with all the other delightful Italian flavours, sends my reminiscence into overdrive.
The warm, busy streets, filled with history, beautiful high building walls surrounding you as if you’re walking through a maze and restaurants hidden away like little treasures around every corner. Total city bliss! Oh Rome, how I love thee!
I love to create delicious food that pleases the body and the mind. Recipes that take me back and reminisce with each bite are always going to be winners.
Baking Tips and Guidance
These soft fluffy breadsticks can be enjoyed warm or cold and can be stored for up to 5 days in an airtight container. If they start to go a little stale, simply wrap them in foil and pop them in the oven at 180C for around 10-15 minutes. They will soon be a good as when they were freshly baked. Another bonus is that you can freeze them too, making these a great, make ahead snack.
When topping your pizza style breadsticks with mozzarella I would advise against using fresh mozzarella as it has too much water content and may make the breadsticks soggy, use a block of cooking mozzarella instead.
If you prefer to use fresh herbs for your breadsticks, this is absolutely fine, just double the quantities of the fresh herbs as dried herbs tend to be more concentrated and have more potency than the fresh counterparts.
Always preheat your oven well, before baking your breadstick dough. The breadsticks will not rise properly and maintain a fluffy texture if they are placed in an oven that isn’t sufficiently heated.
Store these in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If they go a little stale, you can pop them in the oven to warm though for around 5 minutes and they should soften up nicely. You can also freeze them for up to 2 months.
You sure can. Once they are baked and cooled, you can put them in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you want to use them, pop them in the oven wrapped in foil for 10-15 minutes to reheat.
Brushing the dough before baking with egg helps the browning process and gives them a glossy finish. If you do not want to use egg, try brushing them with milk instead.
Soft Fluffy Breadsticks with Sundried Tomatoes
- 500 g Strong White Bread Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Yeast
- 1 tbsp Dried Basil
- 1 tsp Dried Oregano
- 0.5 tsp Garlic Granules
- 0.25 tsp Dried Crushed Chillis
- 320 ml Warm Water
- 60 g Sundried Tomatoes
- 110 g Mozzarella grated
- 1 Egg beaten
- Place the sugar in the water and mix until dissolved.
- Add the yeast and stir in, leave aside for 20 minutes until foamy.
- Mix the flour, salt, dried herbs, garlic and chillis together.
- When ready, pour in the yeast water and mix to form your dough. Aim for a slightly sticky dough (you may need a little more water if the mixture feels too dry).
- Chop the tomatoes and add them to the dough along with 50g of the mozzarella.
- Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes until is becomes stretchy and elastic with a sheen to it.
- Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for an hour.
- When the dough has doubled in size, tip it out onto a floured surface and knock back, removing all the air from it.
- Divide the dough into pieces and roll into sticks.
- Preheat oven to 220C (200C fan assisted)
- Place each one on a lined baking tray with a little space in between to allow them to expand.
- Place the entire tray into a plastic bag and leave somewhere warm for 30 minutes to an hour to rise a little more.
- When they are ready, gently brush each one with the egg and sprinkle over the remaining mozzarella.
- Place in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
Are you looking for more picnic food recipes?
Go ahead and try this Scotch Egg recipe for some more ultimate picnic food.