Herby and smokey straws/breadsticks

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Breadsticks and savoury straws – such a handy savoury snack aren’t they? Particularly for children, they provide that little something to fill rumbly tummies without an extra dose of sugar or resorting to fried snacks like a bag of crisps. We, however, have great difficulty finding breadsticks which don’t have traces of sesame and most straws are laden with butter and/or cheese.

These fine crunchy sticks are the perfect vehicle for carrying dips from bowl to mouth and would fit either as a snack to accompany an elegant aperitif or a savoury addition to a children’s tea party.

Have I given enough reasons why you should make these herby straws? Well, if those reasons aren’t enough – the recipe is a doddle and you can add any flavouring you like. Lots of variations possible… more spice, different herbs, cheese if you aren’t avoiding it.

Herby and Smokey Straws (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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makes about 24

  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp sweet smoked paprika (depending on how much you like that smoky flavour)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 100g dairy-free spread, such as Pure
  • 80-100ml water

– Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Centigrade/ Gas Mark 3/ 325 degrees Fahrenheit 
– Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment
– Either rub the spread into the flour, baking powder and flavourings/seasonings with your fingertips, or whizz all those ingredients together in a food processor until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
– Gradually add the water until you form a soft, but not sticky dough. You may not need all the water.
– Roll out to a thickness of about 3mm, they need to be fairly thin as you want really crisp and crunchy sticks
– Cut into straw shapes and place on the baking sheet
– Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and cooked through
– Cool on a wire rack
– These straws keep well for a few days.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Lucy Roach says:

    Thanks for this idea. I am always looking for savoury snacks to make for my two children – trying to get away from the idea that a snack HAS to be sugary…

    1. lucylox says:

      It’s so easy to go sweet, but sometimes a savoury alternative is even better! 🙂

  2. chefconnie says:

    Lovely little darlings. I have not made a smokey breadstick. Maybe it is time.

    1. lucylox says:

      Maybe it is! 😉

  3. ellebakes says:

    Yum, these look great 🙂

  4. Oh what good timing – DC1 was just asking at the weekend if we could make some breadsticks & these will be perfect 🙂

    1. lucylox says:

      Perfect! Hope you enjoy x

  5. Chris says:

    Made these to go with a garlicky mayonnaisey yoghurt dip and lots of raw veg. They all went. Used one teaspoon of smoked paprika – should have used two! Lovely.

    1. lucylox says:

      Brilliant! I like the idea of them dipped in a mayonnaisey yogurt dip – yum!

  6. Sophie33 says:

    yum yum yumm! I thought you would have used smoked Maldon sea salt, but smoked paprika is great too! x

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