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.