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    Green olive tapenade & homemade breadsticks

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 30 minutes + proving
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes to 20 minutes
    • Total time: 45-50 minutes + proving

    Makes: 30 (approx)


    500g strong white bread flour
    2 tsp sea salt
    1 tsp caster sugar
    7g sachet dried yeast
    75g unsalted butter, softened
    ½ x 20g pack rosemary, finely chopped
    250ml warm milk
    Polenta to sprinkle on sheets

    340g jar pitted green olives
    1 clove garlic, peeled
    1 tbsp capers
    25g pack basil leaves
    25g walnuts
    30g Cook’s Ingredients Chargrilled Tomatoes In Olive Oil
    50ml extra virgin olive oil
    Juice of ½ lemon  


    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. To make the breadsticks, place the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Gently rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the rosemary and the milk, then tip out and kneed for about 10 minutes until a soft dough forms. Place into a lightly oiled bowl and leave to rise for 1 hour.

    2. Tip the dough out of the bowl and, without the use of flour, roll into a 1cm thick rectangle approx 30cmx20cm. Cut into about 30 strips 1cmx20cm long, then roll into pencil shapes.

    3. Lay the dough sticks onto baking sheets sprinkled with polenta and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.

    4. For the tapenade, drain the olives and rinse under cold water, then tip into a food processor. Add the garlic, capers, basil, walnuts and tomatoes, and blitz to a very course paste. Add the oil and lemon and blitz again to give a textured paste.

    5. Serve the breadsticks warm with the olive tapenade.

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