Monday, May 25, 2009

Breadstick Toasties

These little toasties are great with cheeses and dips, as an easy home made alternative to store bought crackers.

First you will need to make yourself some tasty baguettes. I make mine by putting:

1.5 cups water
1 tsp dried yeast
2 tsp sugar
4 cups white flour
and 2 tsp salt
in my breadmaker on the dough cycle.

Once the dough cycle is complete remove the dough and break into eight pieces.

Roll these into breadstick shapes. Leave out to rise for 30 minutes, then bake in a 200 degrees centigrade oven for 20 minutes.

These breadsticks are super yummy fresh out of the oven smeared with butter. They also work well as hot dog buns, but watch out they are filling as they are denser than your average bakery breadstick.

To make the toasties, once your breadstick has cooled, cut it into slices about a centimeter wide. You should get about eight per breadstick. This is even better done when the breadsticks are slightly stale.

Lay these pieces out flat on your baking tray, spritz generously with olive oil and place under a hot griller until they are golden but not burnt. You will want to leave them in as long as you can get away with, because if they're under done they'll just taste like stale bread, not quite what we're going for! Take them out of the oven, turn over, spritz the other side with the olive oil and again grill until golden.

After grilling both sides, lay the toasties out on a baking rack to crisp up. These are best eaten the day you made them.

We are having some this afternoon with a tasty looking Rough Red from our Food Connect cheese club.

1 comment:

  1. I do the exact same thing with a storebought ciabatta. It is not homemade like yours but the bread I get is very authentic and delish. I have it with toppings, dips and just cheese or relish. Thanks for sharing.