Bacon and Maple Syrup Breadsticks

Bacon and Maple Syrup Breadsticks served with avocado dip

• 500g strong plain flour, Bread flour or Italian 00 flour
• 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast or ask your local baker for18g fresh yeast
• 4tbsp best quality olive oil (Rapeseed oil or nut oils work well too)
• 1 free range egg, beaten, can also use milk
• 2 rasher of smoked bacon, chopped finely
• 1-2tbsp rock salt
• Maple syrup to drizzle
• 1 x Advocado
• 1tsp of hickory liquid smoke or 1tsp smoked paprika
• 2 tsps of plain yoghurt
• Rind of a lemon and juice
• Fresh coriander or parsley as you prefer very finely chopped
• Salt and pepper
How to …..
• If using fresh yeast prepare first crumble t into 3 tsp of tepid water and allow ferment a little (the longer the bigger the rise , so here we need a little rise 5-8 minutes is fine)
• In a bowl put your flour into a bowl, salt and yeast and bacon finely chopped (include water if using the fresh yeast) and mix together
• Put the oil and 300ml/1/2pint of water into your flour mix and create a dough.
• Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes until it becomes elastic and non sticky (this is ensuring the glutens to expand allowing the air pockets to be created for a light bread)
• Making the breadsticks shape- roll out the dough, (to about the size of a newspaper), then cut into strips about 1cm (½in) thick.
• 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, they should rise to double their size
• Place on a baking sheet, Brush egg wash ( egg and a little water ) over dough and sprinkle salt .Bake for 12-15 mins in 200 degree oven
• Whilst they are baking make your dip- simple quick and delicious dip take out the stone from your avocado, and put all ingredients into a bowl and mash with the back of a fork. ( you can food process it if you want it really smooth)
• Remove your breadsticks form the oven ( tap the bottom they should sound hollow if cooked) , allow to cool slightly .Serve with your dip

The bread recipe can have sesame, chai, nuts, fruit, cheese etc all added , also you could wrap it with parma ham to it to really create a quick bread side dish for a dinner party or your afternoon tea.
The dip can have chilli, grated garlic, salsa, grated apple and celariac, different spices smoked paprika can be added to make it different and lift and/or compliment it ot any bread personalisation you make


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