Breadsticks are delicious and versatile: serve them as canapés, a dip like hummus or as a side to soup.

80g bread flour
5g instant yeast
2,5ml sugar
150ml tepid water

160g bread flour
15ml olive oil
2,5ml salt
1 egg
chopped herbs and/or grated parmesan cheese

Add the 80g flour, yeast, sugar and water to the bowl of a stand mixer.
Whisk the ingredients by hand until you have a smooth mixture.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a clean tea towel.
Stand the bowl in a warm place for 30 minutes or until the mixture is foamy.

Add the 160g flour, oil and salt to the foamy-mixture.
Fit the mixer with the dough hook and turn it on to a low speed. Mix for 2 minutes.
Increase the speed to medium and knead the dough until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes).
Cover the mixing bowl with a tea towel and allow to proof for 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 190℃ and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
Dust a work surface with flour and take the dough from the mixing bowl.
Knead it by hand for one minute.
Portion the dough by cutting it into equal sized pieces. About 16 portions would do but it depends on the length of breadstick you want. (Long is better as you may always cut them in half before baking).
Roll each piece of dough into a log.
To make twists: cut the log lengthwise into two and twist the one around the other.
To make braids: cut the log into three, keep the top end together, and braid as you would hair.
Place the breadsticks onto the prepared tray, brush with egg white and sprinkle with herbs and/or grated parmesan.
Bake the bread for 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cool completely on a cooling rack.
Serve with soup, hummus, a dip or as a canapé.