Easy Breadsticks with Black Garlic Dip

Easy Breadsticks with Black Garlic Dip served in a bowl, on a wooden board with chopped chives
  • 12 servings
  • 45 minutes to prepare
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  • For the Breadsticks
  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 4g dried fast action yeast
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2tbsp semolina
  • 1tbsp milk
  • 1tsp poppy seeds
  • 1tsp sesame seeds
  • 1tsp nigella seeds
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • 1tsp caraway seeds
  • For the Black Garlic Dip
  • 1 bulb black garlic
  • 150g soft cheese (like Philadelphia)
  • 100g creme fraiche
  • 1tbsp chives, chopped
  • 2tbsp lemon juice


If you’ve not tried it, black garlic makes an excellent choice for dips – no cooking required as the smoking process gives it a sweeter flavour. Homemade breadsticks are really easy to make and just add that little extra to your party table.

For The Breadsticks

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (fan)/425°F/gas mark 7.
  2. Place the flour and salt into a bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Pour 150ml of tepid water into a small bowl and add the yeast. Stir until the yeast has dissolved.
  4. Make a well in the dry mix and pour in the yeast mix and olive oil. Stir using a fork to form a dough before bringing together with your hands.
  5. Tip the dough onto a work surface and knead for 5 minutes.
  6. Place the dough into a clean bowl and cover with cling film. Allow to prove for 25 minutes at room temperature.
  7. After 25 minutes, knead the dough for 1 minute. Roll the dough into a sausage shape approximately 30 cm long and cut into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a bread stick approximately 20cm long.
  8. Scatter a baking tray with semolina and place the breadsticks onto the tray allowing enough room for the breadsticks to expand. You may need to use 2 baking trays.
  9. Brush each breadstick with a little milk and scatter over seeds and salt of your choice.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes in the pre-heated oven until golden brown.
  11. Remove from the oven, leave to stand for 5 minutes before transferring onto a cooling rack.

For the Garlic Dip

  1. To make the dip, remove the outer skins from the black garlic cloves. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor. Blitz to combine scraping down the bowl half way through.
  2. Check for seasoning and spoon into a serving bowl. Garnish with chopped hazelnuts and chopped chives and serve with the breadsticks.

Chef’s Tip
If you are short of time, make these breadsticks with a bread mix found on the baking aisle. These can be baked and frozen ready to warm in the oven, perfect for a pre-dinner snack.