Sourdough Ciabatta Breadsticks

While reviving my sourdough starter I baked these sourdough ciabatta breadsticks. They don’t need a very active and lively starter and they need to be eaten within 24 hours of baking. They are very addictive as you can just tear small pieces off everytime you walk past. So that way you don’t feel like you are indulging.

Sourdough Ciabatta Breadsticks
Sourdough Ciabatta Breadsticks
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Yesterday, while driving to a customer, I had quite a scare. Some of you may recall that a young lady on a scooter drove into my car? Well, the same nearly happened again! I was waiting my turn at a four-way stop, but the youngster on his scrambler decided not to wait his turn. He turned right, across my right bumper as I was going straight across the intersection. He barely missed my car, but once again, I would have been at fault as traffic from the right has right of way. Even though it was not his turn, this would be hard to prove. He ignored my hooting, leaving his helmet on when he got off the scooter. Hopefully he does not jump a stop sign again as next time he may come off worse for it. Then, while driving home I was in another near miss.

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The car in the left hand lane next to me decided to turn right. Which meant she had to cut in front of my car as I was in the right hand lane. I don’t think she even noticed I was there. I slammed on my brakes to avoid colliding with her, knocking the puppy off her seat and into the footwell of the rear passenger seats. And I hooted at her. She came to an abrupt stop in the road she had turned in to. But that of course didn’t help my heartbeat at all! Shadow was more than OK and I took a rescue remedy pastille to calm my nerves. I think I am going to find a doggy seatbelt for future drives. Have you had near misses like this?

Sourdough Ciabatta Breadsticks


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Sourdough Ciabatta Breadsticks

These make for a great snack, or to be used on a cheese board
Recipe Category: Bread
Makes enough for: 1 batch breadsticks
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


To feed your starter:

  • 30 mls unfed sourdough starter
  • 30 mls water
  • 30 mls bread flour

To make the breadsticks:

  • 350 g water
  • 500 g bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 5 mls fine salt
  • sesame seeds for sprinkling
  • flaked salt for sprinkling


Day 1:

    To feed your starter:

    • In the morning, place your starter, water and flour into a large mixing bowl and mix to combine *
    • Leave for at least an hour, until nice and bubbly **

    To make the breadsticks:

    • Add the water to the fed starter and mix to combine
    • Then add the flour and salt and mix together by hand until completely mixed ***
    • Cover the bowl and set aside in a warm place for an hour
    • You will now do the first of the lift and folds where you take the edge of the dough, lift it up and bring it to the middle. Turn the bowl slightly and repeat the lift and fold 25 times
    • Cover and set aside, and repeat hourly up to four times more ****
    • Cover and leave on the counter overnight

    Day 2:

    • Preheat the oven to 220° Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper and then dust that with some flour
    • Repeat the lift and fold process ten times and using floured hands, grab a large handful of the sticky dough
    • Drag it across the baking paper to form a rough, thick, breadstick shape
    • Repeat this until your baking tray has no more space, keeping a small space between each one
    • Sprinkle the top of each breadstick with sesame seeds and flaked salt
    • Place the baking tray into the oven and bake for 25 minutes
    • Remove from the oven and place the breadsticks onto a wire rack to cool
    • Continue doing this until you have used all the dough - how many you get will depend on how big you make each breadstick


    * I use a glass bowl so that I can see my dough.
    ** How long it takes your starter to feed depends on the weather so be patient.
    *** Your dough will be sticky!
    **** This is time dependant but try do at least 2 more if you cannot get in all 4.
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    11 thoughts on “Sourdough Ciabatta Breadsticks

    1. HI Tandy, I’ve had to near accidents in the last month, both during load shedding. Half the drivers in this country have no clue what to do when the traffic lights are out and some just go and others don’t go at all. Both cause problems. Unfortunately solar panels and generators don’t help when you venture of your premises and I am fast reaching the end of the line with the way I am having to live now.

      1. We have one intersection here that is a nightmare during load shedding if the lights don’t work! I know how you feel xx

    2. Tandy this is such a great way to have fast bread. I must try it. Not sure my sourdough will activate that quickly, but I’ve noticed that the Mother will activate faster in a glass jar or bowl perhaps (haven’t tried it in a bowl) than if I feed her in a plastic covered container. Interesting. I must look that up. I think I’ve seen some bakers using special tins or another method for baking breadsticks. I’ve had trouble with them not keeping their shape. That could depend on how much sourdough is used in the mixture. Yours look great. You have inspired me yet again.

    3. Oh now – that must have been scary indeed. I personally don’t trust bicyclists as they sometimes do unexpected and even scary things on the road – so when they are around, I’m extra cautious! On a side note, these breadstick are not scary at all and are rather delicious! 🙂

    4. What a scary drive. Two near misses in one day, sheesh! At least they were misses. My mom was involved in a fatal accident with a motorcycle that ran a red light. She was unharmed but, as you can imagine, quite shaken up by the experience.

    5. our road rules say a dog has to be restrained in a car so a harness is a great idea! Sounds like danger is following you Tandy, so take care. Your breadsticks look delicious.

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