5 December

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Breadsticks Recipe

(gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free, nut-free)

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I have literally just been doing a happy dance in my kitchen because of these breadsticks and its all thanks to my new favourite ingredient – Cassava Flour!

 

I have been making gluten-free breadsticks for Mila for a while, but because of the gluten-free grain flours I used, I could not eat them (grains do not agree with me).

 

But now… oh happy days… I have paleo breadsticks!

 

These are definitely going to feature on my Christmas snack table with a few of the dips from my book Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics.

 

They will also make a great snack for on the beach, at a picnic and in school lunchboxes.

Mila's Meals Paleo Breadsticks

Key: gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, grain-free, paleo, vegetarian

Makes: 20 long breadsticks

INGREDIENTS

(t. = teaspoon; T. = tablespoon, C. = cup)

 

DRY INGREDIENTS

 

  • 275 g Cassava Flour
  • 2 T. psyllium husk
  • 1 t. dry active yeast
  • 1 t. guar gum
  • 1 t. desert or sea salt

 

WET INGREDIENTS

 

  • ¼ C. organic olive oil
  • 1 T. raw honey
  • 1 free-range/organic egg
  • 1 ¾ C. warm filtered water

 

ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS

 

  • 1 C. boiling water (for proofing)
  • 1-2 C Cassava Flour (for kneading)
  • 1 egg, beaten (for the glaze)

METHOD

 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey and egg.
  3. Pour this into the dry mix.
  4. Fit your electric handheld beater with the dough hook, place it in the bowl and turn it on.
  5. Slowly add the warm water while beating.
  6. Run the beater, while stirring, for 2 minutes.
  7. Place the mixing bowl in a warm, draft-free place with a bowl of boiling water alongside it (I use my oven – which is not turned on!)
  8. Allow the dough to proof for 30 minutes.
  9. While the dough is proofing, grease 2 baking trays with coconut oil.
  10. Remove the mixing bowl, and turn the oven on to 200°C (400°F).
  11. Dust your working surface with the additional cassava flour.
  12. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and knead each one in the additional flour. The dough is quite wet, so keep adding additional flour while kneading until it no longer sticks to your hands.
  13. Break off a small handful of dough and roll into breadsticks. Mine were approximately 1cm in diameter.
  14. Place the rolled breadstick onto the baking tray and repeat the rolling process with the remaining dough.
  15. Brush the breadsticks with the additional beaten egg.
  16. Place the baking trays in the oven for 25 – 35 minutes.*
  17. Leave the breadsticks on the baking tray to cool – then enjoy! (Mine didn’t even get a chance to get dipped into anything!)
  18. Store in a sealed container. They will stay fresh for 2 days. If you would like to keep them for longer, store them in the freezer and defrost as needed.

 

*Please note that all ovens are different so the baking time will vary.
The oven I used when creating the recipes for Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics died 🙁 and the replacement one and I are not friends! In my oven (which really is not the greatest) the following times applied:

25 minutes – for breadsticks that were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside (Mila likes them like this!)**

35 minutes – for breadsticks that were crispy all the way through.

I would set your oven timer to 20 minutes and then start watching and testing. You want to make sure that they are not getting burnt on the outside.

**I prefer the flavour of the breadsticks baked for 25 minutes – but I like them crispy all the way through. So I dehydrated them in an oven much like you would rusks – overnight at 50°C (my oven’s lowest setting) with the door slightly ajar

Mila's Meals Paleo Breadsticks in the making
Ready for the oven!
Mila making breadsticks
This is a great one to make with the kids!
Mila eating breadstick dough
If there’s one thing my fairly fussy food intolerant daughter likes to eat… it’s dough!
Mila's Meals Paleo Breadsticks
Ta da!

These breadsticks will be great dunked into various dips – recipes for which can be found in my book Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics:

 

  • Hummus
  • Veggie Spread
  • Chicken Liver Pâté
  • Snoek Pâté
  • Guacamole
  • Chocolate Spread or Choc-Nut Spread (why not? It’s Christmas!)

Be sure to come back to our advent calendar tomorrow to open another surprise 🙂

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