I just love sweet & salty popcorn. That’s not all. I think I generally love sweet & salty flavoured foods. Take my last post for example. A sweet & salty orange, date & green olive salad. Well that is exactly what has led me to this post.
Breadsticks that capture the sweet and salty combination . Green olives & dates. If I do like a flavour combination, I do tend to run with it for a recipe or two, maybe even three. But what I love is that the flavours taste quite different baked in bread. The dates melt a little and the olives have a sharp salty tang. So good, I hope you will consider trying this recipe.
My children are breadstick fanatics and also love olives but the dates do divide them (only 1 of 3 approves). But, they all adored these breadsticks so I think they qualify for the Family Foodies challenge of HIDDEN GOODIES. This is co hosted by Vanesther at Bangers&Mash and Louisa at Eat your Veg.
I am also sending this over to Feel Good Food hosted by Victoria at A Kick at the Pantry Door. The theme is TASTY & INEXPENSIVE. Perfect, as these little bread snacks cost so little to make and make use of ingredients that I always have in the cupboard.
Green olive & date breadsticks
- 250 g "00" flour
- 1 tsp Fast action yeast
- 1 tsp Salt
- 150 ml Tepid water
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 12 Green olives finely chopped
- 6 Dates finely chopped
Measure the flour, yeast, salt, water and oil and place in a food processor with a dough hook attachment, or put the ingredients into a large bowl if your are kneading by hand,
Knead the dough for around 8 minutes,
Add in the chopped dates & olives and continue to knead for a further 1 or 2 minutes,
Leave the dough to prove for about 1 hour covered with a cloth/tea towel,
After the dough has risen separate into 10 little balls and roll them (back & forth on a work surface) into long breadsticks. You will need to oil the work surface which will prevent the breadsticks form sticking when you shape them,
Bake in a pre-heated oven (200 degrees) for 10/15 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch,
Leave them to cool before enjoying as a snack/accompaniment to soup.