This perfectly scrumptious sourdough breadsticks recipe makes the ultimate snack-time treat. Whether you intend to take a couple and dip them in your favorite sauce or devour the whole lot in one sitting, these flavorful breadsticks will certainly become a staple in your household!
Table of Contents
- What Are Sourdough Breadsticks?
- How to Make Soft Sourdough Bread Sticks
- How to Make Sourdough Breadsticks Fluffier?
- Possible Recipe Variations
- How to Store Sourdough Breadsticks
- How to Serve Sourdough Breadsticks
- Vegan Sourdough Breadsticks
- Sourdough Breadsticks
What Are Sourdough Breadsticks?
Essentially, sourdough breadsticks are long, pencil-thin dipping sticks made from bread dough minus the leavening.
Crisp, and addicting, they’re often enjoyed before the main meal, or as a snack dipped in dipping sauces.
Why Make Breadsticks With a Sourdough Starter Instead of Yeast?
Traditionally, bread is always made from some form of wild yeast i.e. sourdough starter. The lengthy fermentation process increases nutrition, reduces gluten content, and improves digestion.
Commercial yeast mimics this by speeding up the process, therefore producing bread that is far more glutenous than sourdough bread.
Breadsticks though considered a snack, are much healthier and more nutritious when made with a sourdough starter.
How to Make Soft Sourdough Bread Sticks
These sourdough breadsticks make the perfect treat. Super buttery, with coarse salt and garlic on the outside and deliciously tender on the inside. They’re super easy to make and make the perfect evening snack, especially when you’re feeling a bit peckish after dinner. Pair these delicious sticks with a variety of dipping sauces, for the ultimate sourdough experience.
- Stand mixer
- Large bowl
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Rolling pin
- Cutting board
- Pizza cutter
- Pastry brush
- ½ cup active bubbly sourdough starter
- ¾ cup water
- 1 ½ tbsp. sugar or honey
- 1 ½ tbsp. salt
- ¼ cup softened butter
- 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tbsp. melted butter
- Coarse salt and garlic powder
- Combine sourdough starter, water, sugar, and softened butter in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Gradually add flour ⅛ cup at a time, until the dough begins to pull away from the mixer. Mix these ingredients until a smooth dough forms.
- Knead the dough on low speed for 8 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Lightly grease a large mixing bowl, and transfer the dough into the bowl. Cover loosely with a lid and allow the dough to ferment at room temperature for 3-4 hours. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Remove the dough from the fridge one hour before baking.
- Transfer your dough to a lightly floured work surface, and roll the dough to a 12×7-inch rectangle.
- Use a pizza cutter to slice the rectangular dough into 12 breadsticks. Transfer the shaped breadsticks onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and allow the breadsticks to proof in a warm place for 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- After 2 hours, remove the plastic wrap from the baking sheet and place the breadsticks into the preheated oven. Bake the breadsticks on the center rack for 10 minutes, or until they’re a light shade of golden brown.
- Use a pastry brush to brush the hot breadsticks with melted butter. Sprinkle with salt and garlic powder.
- Serve these scrumptious sourdough breadsticks with your favorite dipping sauce. Store any leftovers in an airtight container.
How to Make Sourdough Breadsticks Fluffier?
If you’re looking to bake a batch of light and fluffy breadsticks, then you may want to add a packet of commercial yeast to your sourdough breadsticks recipe.
Simply combine yeast with warm water and sugar. Allow this to rest for 5-10 minutes, until you notice the mixture beginning to foam. Add this to the flour with your sourdough discard and continue with the recipe.
Possible Recipe Variations
This sourdough breadsticks recipe is incredibly easy and very versatile. This is why you should take this opportunity to try your hand at a few recipe variations to suit your preference!
- Use whatever flour you like, I like to use strong white bread flour or all-purpose flour, but you may want to use rye or wheat flour and that’s fine!
- If you want this recipe to be vegan-friendly, then simply swap the honey for maple syrup.
- For a spicy kick to your sourdough breadsticks, add some spices and seeds to the bread dough. Flax and sesame seeds are perfect for this recipe. You can even add pumpkin seeds, fennel, paprika, pepper, or garlic.
- I like to divide the dough into 30g pieces, then roll each piece into 27 cm long cylinders.
- Brush the tops of the breadsticks with some flavored olive oil, as well as garlic, sun-dried tomato, or rosemary.
- Once baked, let the breadsticks remain in the oven, with the door slightly open, so that they can dry out completely, and crisp up beautifully.
If you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the perfect flour, check out the best flour for sourdough for additional inspiration.
How to Store Sourdough Breadsticks
Sourdough breadsticks remain fresh and edible when stored in a glass jar or container. Avoid sealing them in a plastic container, as they will soften more quickly. Not to mention they look incredibly delicious when stood upright in a glass container in all their glory.
How to Serve Sourdough Breadsticks
Breadsticks make the perfect pre-dinner snack, and they’re super fun to eat! Here are some of the ways I like to eat my sourdough breadsticks:
- Wrap the breadsticks with thinly sliced pepperoni or salami and dip this in a cheesy sauce or marinara.
- I love pairing peanut butter with just about anything, so why not dip your incredibly crisp and slightly tangy sourdough breadsticks in some gooey nut butter?
- Drizzle your breadsticks in chocolate and serve this with salted caramel sauce coupled with slices of fresh fruit for a fantastic treat.
Vegan Sourdough Breadsticks
If you’re wondering whether sourdough breadsticks are vegan-friendly, then the answer is yes. However, this particular breadsticks recipe typically requires non-vegan ingredients. But don’t worry, this can easily be substituted for vegan-friendly elements.
- Butter can be replaced with almond butter, olive oil, or plant-based butter.
- Honey can be replaced with other sweeteners like maple syrup, date syrup, or agave nectar.
Is sourdough bread vegan? Find out before your next big bake!
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Is Sourdough Bread Healthier for You?
Sourdough bread is considered a healthier bread because it contains higher levels of vitamins and minerals compared to regular bread. Furthermore, sourdough bread contains lower phytate, permitting your body to absorb the nutrients easier than regular bread.
Is Sourdough Bread the Same as Normal Bread?
Sourdough is not the same as regular bread, because both are leavened differently. While normal bread is leavened with commercial yeast, sourdough bread is leavened with lactic acid bacteria and wild yeasts.
Why is Sourdough Bread So Healthy?
Sourdough bread is incredibly nutritious, easier to digest, and has a lower glycemic index, making it one of the healthiest bread to go for.
Why is San Francisco Sourdough Bread So Good?
San Francisco’s foggy climate happens to be the perfect environment for wild yeast and naturally occurring bacteria, that happen to give sourdough bread its distinct tangy flavor.