Candy Cane Christmas breadsticks recipe - Christmas party food Candy Cane Christmas breadsticks recipe - Christmas party food Candy Cane Christmas breadsticks recipe - Christmas party food

The other day, the awesome Holly Of All Trades invited a bunch of bloggers round for a lil’ Christmas soirée. ‘Tis the season, after all! We each brought a dish of some sort; from canapés and cheeseboards, to cookies and caramels. I knew I wanted to bring something with a little festive twist, so I whipped up a batch of candy cane Christmas breadsticks. They’re a little imperfect (shall we say rustic?), so I was in two minds about blogging them. But I decided that they were just too darn festive to miss out!

I used two separate dough recipes for my candy cane breadsticks. The pale brown is flavoured with roasted garlic (yum), whilst the red contains paprika and chilli (double yum!). I love how the flavours work together… and the colours! I never thought I’d feel so passionate about a breadstick.

Candy Cane Christmas breadsticks recipe - Christmas party food Candy Cane Christmas breadsticks recipe - Christmas party food

Candy Cane Christmas breadsticks recipe

Ingredients

  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 5g fast action yeast
  • 10g salt
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 300ml water
  • 6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp red gel food colouring

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Roast the garlic cloves in their skins until they are soft and squidgy – approximately 20 mins. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  2. In a stand mixer, combine the dry ingredients before adding 1tbsp of the olive oil.
  3. Pour in the water and mix with a dough hook until the bowl is cleaned by the newly formed dough.
  4. Leave to knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and springy.
  5. Divide the dough in half and set aside one half. Return the other half of the dough to the stand mixer.
  6. Squeeze out the garlic cloves into the bowl of a small blender. Blend to a smooth paste (add a splash of olive oil if it is too thick).
  7. Empty the garlic paste onto the dough in the stand mixer. Knead for a further 5 minutes with the dough hook, until the garlic is evenly mixed in.
  8. Put the garlic-infused dough into an oiled bowl and set aside.Put the other half of the dough into the stand mixer.
  9. Add the remaining ingredients (including the remaining olive oil) to the small blender (there’s no need to wash away the garlic residue). Pulse until a smooth red paste has been formed.
  10. Empty the red paste onto the dough in the stand mixer. Knead for a further 5 minutes with the dough hook until the dough has become a uniformly intense red colour.
  11. Put both doughs into separate oiled bowls, cover each with cling film and leave to prove for 1 hour.
  12. Once risen, divide each dough into balls roughly half the size of a golf ball. Take one ball of plain dough and one ball of paprika dough and roll each one out to a thin snake about 20cm long.
  13. Lay the two snakes next to each other, pinch the ends together and roll one end away from you, keeping a tight hold of the other end. This will create the candy cane spiral effect.
  14. Lay the candy cane breadstick on a lined baking tray and shape it so it has a crooked end. Continue to shape the rest of the dough.
  15. Bake at 180 degrees C for 20 minutes until the breadsticks have browned lightly and are crisp. Leave to cool.

Candy Cane Christmas breadsticks recipe - Christmas party food

I love the whimsical feel of these candy cane Christmas breadsticks. They’re ideal for Christmas get-togethers, or to have on hand for unexpected guests. Serve with freshly made hummus or tapenade for a guaranteed conversation starter! Happy Christmas 🙂 – Mike.

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Candy Cane Christmas breadsticks recipe - Christmas party food