Sesame and salt breadsticks

Freshly baked breadsticks that are perfect for dipping into your favourite dips. They’re quick to make too!
Makes: 30
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips


    • 500g (1lb) strong plain flour
    • 1 level tsp salt
    • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
    • 4tbsp virgin olive oil
    • 1 egg, beaten with
    • 2tbsp water, for glaze
    • 1-2tbsp sesame seed
    • 1-2tbsp salt flakes
    • Butter or olive oil, to serve

You’ll also need:

    • 2-3 baking sheets, buttered and sprinkled with semolina


    1. Tip the flour into a bowl and stir in the salt and yeast. Pour 300ml (½ pint) lukewarm water and the oil into the flour and mix well until it binds together to form a dough. Knead the dough, either in a food mixer with a dough hook or on a lightly floured surface, for about 5-10 mins until it’s smooth and elastic.
    1. Divide the dough in half and roll out each piece to about 20 x 30cm (8 x 12in), and then cut widthways into strips about 1cm (½in) thick.
    1. Place the strips on the baking sheets sprinkled with semolina and cover with oiled cling film or a clean tea towel. Leave the strips in a warm place until they have doubled in size.
    1. Set the oven to gas mark 6 or 200°C.
    1. Depending on the number of baking sheets you have, you may need to cook the breadsticks in batches. Only glaze them just before they’re going to be baked. Brush egg glaze over the proved strips of dough and sprinkle sesame seeds over half of them and flaked salt over the other half.
    1. Bake for 12-15 mins, or until the breadsticks are a light-golden colour and sound hollow when tapped underneath.
    1. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and transfer the breadsticks to wire racks. Serve with softened butter, or olive oil, to dip them into. When the breadsticks are cold, wrap in a freezer bag. They can be heated from frozen before serving them warm.

Nutritional information per portion

calories 75(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.