The Crazy Kitchen: Garlic & Rosemary Breadsticks and Focaccia

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Wednesday 30 October 2013

Garlic & Rosemary Breadsticks and Focaccia

After watching the Great British Bake Off masterclass last night with Paul Hollywood making olive breadsticks I knew that I had to make them, and make them soon.

With no time like the present I got up early to make dough. I wasn't going to let the small issue of having no olives stop me and instead chose to add rosemary and garlic, along with a few chilli flakes.

The dough is quite a wet one and it was really helpful watching it on the tv before making them as I was able to see the consistency of the dough and watch the technique of forming the breadsticks. I made just over a third of the quantity that Mr H made (he used 1kg of flour), which still made quite a few breadsticks, as well as a small Focaccia.

Garlic & Rosemary Breadsticks

Garlic & Rosemary Breadsticks

350g strong white bread flour
7g salt
7g yeast
glug of olive oil (approx 50ml)
280ml cool water (approx)
handful of fresh rosemary
3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
Pinch of chilli flakes
Flour & semolina for dusting

  • Mix the flour, salt, yeast, oil and half of the water together in a food mixer
  • Add the rest of the water with the motor running until you get a thick cake like batter, adding more water if necessary
  • Add the rosemary, garlic & chilli flakes
  • Mix for 10 mins on high speed
  • Put dough into a large rectangular plastic food box (lidded)
  • Prove for approx 1 hour, until doubled in size
  • Dust the work surface with semolina & flour 
  • Prepare a baking sheet by dusting with flour & semolina
  • Tip the dough out and sprinkle with more flour & semolina
  • Cut the dough gently into strips and as you lay onto the prepared baking sheet stretch them gently
  • Bake in a 220 C oven for approx 20 minutes, until browned & crispy

You can reserve some of the dough to make focaccia - I sprinkled with a little sea salt before baking - it makes such a soft bread

Garlic & Rosemary Breadsticks

Garlic & Rosemary Breadsticks
Garlic & Rosemary Focaccia
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  1. Hello again! What a lovely recipe, is happily munch on those beautiful sticks any time. You know what, my toddler has very grown up taste and loves strong flavours and crunchy textures...he's going to love these!!! X

  2. These look fantastic! Just what proper italian breadsticks should look like!

  3. I missed the master class but at least I can make these, they look fabulous!

  4. Hello. Awesome post to read. Easy instruction to prepare mouth watering sticks. I hope i will try to make some sticks soon . Thanks again.

  5. i am going to have a go at making these again but not PH way yours look really yum

  6. oh i could have sworn I commentd on these!! i must have dreamt it! yours are far neater than mine were although mine were quite heavily packed with fruit!!! they look so good and i would love to have one or 6 please!!! x


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