Witches’ Finger Breadsticks

October 23, 2020mayurisjikoni
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Theme: Halloween

Recipe: Witches’ Finger Breadsticks

 

What are Witches’ Finger Breadsticks?

Simply put Witches’ Finger Breadsticks are breadsticks that are shaped into witches’ fingers. These make a fun, spooky Halloween party treat, easy to make and healthy too. These breadsticks are not crispy and crunchy like the more famous Italian breadsticks or grissini. They are more like soft bread. Usually enjoyed with a dip.

 

Halloween Theme

You may be wondering why amid Navratri Festival I’m talking about witches’ fingers. Well, Swathi Iyer who blogs at Zesty South Indian Kitchen suggested that we make some Halloween treats as a group. I jumped at the idea as till now I don’t have a spooky Halloween treat post on my blog. This event has given me the chance.

 

Halloween and Me

As such Halloween is not a big festival in Kenya. You may hear about and occasional Halloween Party, or kids put on costumes and have a party. Having said that, we had to teach the kids about all different festivals in school and Halloween is no different. I remember a week before Halloween the school would get all geared up with creepy, funny and spooky artwork. With my 5-6 year old class kids, we would make ghosts, witch faces, pumpkins, black cats and all sorts of Halloween stuff. 

 

Some Halloween Treats to Check out:

Delicious with Spooky Eyes, check out Swathi’s Monster Eye Cookie Bars.

Spicy Pumpkin Bread Rolls, shaped like pumpkins

Brambrack – a sweet Irish bread that is usually served during Halloween Night

 

How I decided on Witches’ Finger Breadsticks

This year I was very much looking forward to spending Halloween, Thanksgiving, Diwali, Christmas and New Year with my son in Canada. However, I guess God has other plans as we cannot travel due to the Covid Pandemic. I was looking forward to using all those spooky candies in my desserts and bakes. I guess that plan has been shelved for now. Considering that we don’t get much Halloween Paraphernalia, I decided on Witches’ Finger Cookies. However, I forgot to order butter and didn’t have enough so changed the plan to breadsticks. I’m glad I made Witches’ Finger Breadsticks as we enjoyed them with a dip. Next day enjoyed the leftovers with some soup.

 

Ingredients Required for Witches’ Finger Breadsticks

  • Flour – I used both wheat and all purpose flours. You need the flour for the dough and also a bit extra for dusting. You can use only all purpose flour if you wish.
  • Yeast – I’ve used instant dry active yeast. You can use dry active yeast but you will need to ferment it before adding to the flour. Instant one you add directly to the flour. Take ¼ cup warm water. Add sugar and mix. Sprinkle the yeast over the water, mix well. Cover for 10 minutes or till the mixture becomes frothy.
  • Olive oil – for brushing, add to the flour and also for greasing the trays.
  • Salt – I used sea salt. Use any of your choice.
  • Dry Mixed Herbs – or any herbs of your choice.
  • Garlic Powder – for flavouring.
  • Chili Flakes – optional.
  • Sugar – any of your choice. I used normal refined sugar.
  • Warm water – to form the dough.
  • Almonds – whole almonds for the witches’ nails.
  • Chilli Sauce or Tomato Sauce –  use tomato sauce if preparing it for kids. The sauce not gives the red ‘blood’ look but also helps to stick the almond to the dough so that it does not fall off during baking.

 

Dietary Tips:

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Kids Friendly Food

 

WITCHES' FINGER BREADSTICKS

Witches' Finger Breadsticks are healthy, flavourful and fun treats for any Halloween Party. Serve them with a dip of your choice as finger food or with some soup.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Party, Side Dish, Starter
Cuisine International
Servings 24 pieces

Ingredients
  

FOR THE BREADSTICK DOUGH:

  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 cup all pupose flour
  • 2 tsp instant active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ -1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ - 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dry mixed herbs
  • cup warm water

FOR TOPPING:

  • 24 Almonds whole
  • 1 tbsp chilli sauce or tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • olive oil extra for greasing
  • flour extra for dusting

Instructions
 

  • PREPARATION OF THE BREADSTICK DOUGH:
  • Mix flours, salt, herbs, sugar, chilli flakes and garlic powder in a mixing bowl.
  • Add yeast and mix well.
  • Add oil and rub into the flour.
  • Add water and bring the flour together to form a dough.
  • Dust the worktop with some flour.
  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes till it becomes smooth.
  • Shape into a ball. Place in the greased bowl. Rub oil over the dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a tea towel or a lid. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes.

SHAPING THE WITCHES' FINGERS:

  • Dust the worktop with some flour.
  • Grease two baking trays with some olive oil or line them with parchment paper.
  • Put the dough on the worktop.
  • Roll it out into a rectangle of about 6" X 24"
  • Using a pizza cutter cut the rectangle into 24 strips each about 1 inch wide.
  • Or you can divide the dough into 24 pieces and roll each into a finger.
  • Arrange the fingers on the prepared trays about an inch apart. Make sure you shape the tips to resemble finger tips. For the knbby knuckle look twist the dough as though you want to tie a knot.
  • Brush the fingers with olive oil.
  • Brush the tips lightly with some sauce.
  • Press an almond at the tip with the pointed side away from the dough.
  • Allow the fingers to rest for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Bake the witches' finger breadsticks for 20 minutes or till they turn light golden brown.
  • Remove the trays from the oven.
  • Serve warm breadsticks with a dip of your choice or with some soup.

Notes

  • Can use ready made pizza dough to make the breadsticks.
  • Add herbs and flavourings of your choice.
  • Can use beetroot juice instead of sauce.
  • For extra soft breadsticks bake them only for 15 minutes.
  • Pizza Sauce, Cream Cheese Dip, Cheese Sauce, Flavored Olive oil are some suggestions for dips.
Keyword easy Witches' Finger Breadsticks, Halloween treat

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A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email mayuri.ajay.patel62@gmail.com
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962

 

38 Comments

  • Swathi

    October 24, 2020 at 6:26 am

    5 stars
    Delicious Wtiches finger breadsticks I love this my kids favorite Halloween snacks, Thanks for baking with us, Yummed, pinned and mixed. I will share instagram story too thanks

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 27, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you so much Swathi.

  • Swathi

    October 24, 2020 at 6:29 am

    5 stars
    Beautiful and spooky little treats, My kids will love this, Thanks for baking with us. Yummed, pinned, mixed and I will share this in my instagram story too

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 24, 2020 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you so much Swathi. I actually had fun baking them. Every time hubby dipped it in the dip he kept on saying ‘I’m eating witches’ fingers’. I think he got just too excited 🙂

  • Bless my food by Payal

    October 25, 2020 at 9:28 am

    5 stars
    This Halloween treat is indeed a spooky one. Fingers are made to such a perfection that one can’t believe they are edible. Clicks are terrorising..lol

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 25, 2020 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you so much Shailender. Rest assured they are edible 🙂

  • Sandhya Nadkarni

    October 26, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    5 stars
    These fingers sure looks spooky, Mayuri! I am sure kids will love this Halloween treat.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 26, 2020 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya.

  • Super duper kitchen

    October 27, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    5 stars
    These look really spooky and baked to perfection. Loved those almonds as nails, tomato ketchup and the overall presentation. Also the wrinkles on the fingers add more beauty. Fantastic share…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      Thank you so much Niranjana.

  • Preethicuisine

    October 28, 2020 at 10:49 am

    5 stars
    Perfect Halloween treat. These spooky witch fingers are baked to perfection. I am sure it will be enjoyed by all .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 28, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi.

  • hem lata srivastava

    October 28, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    This fingers looks spooky. I am loving that almond nails. I have never tried these type of breadsticks so saving it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 28, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      Thank you so much Hem Lata, sometimes I make extra pizza dough and then use some to make the breadsticks.. I just shape them normally like thick sticks.

  • Poonam bachhav

    October 28, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    5 stars
    These witches’ fingers breadsticks look spooky and so realistic with those almonds making perfect nails. My little one would love these treats. Thanks for the share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 28, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam. As it breadsticks, am sure adults too will enjoy it equally.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    October 28, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    I love these kind of Halloween treat. breadsticks into witch fingers !! wah what a lovely choice to enjoy the occasion.
    I too had prepared these few days back, will be soon on my blog !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 29, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks Sasmita.

  • Swati

    October 28, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    5 stars
    Perfect Halloween treat with some dip on side..you have made these look so real.. I showed the pic to my son and he was like Mumma why these blood drenched fingers on the blog.. then he looked closely and realized these are breadsticks for Halloween .. and now he wants me to make a batch for them too 😄

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 29, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      Thank you so much Swati. Please bake them with your kids am sure they will have fun.

  • Pavani

    October 29, 2020 at 3:13 am

    5 stars
    WOW, those finger breadsticks look absolutely perfect for Halloween. Thank you for sharing this easy recipe to make for my kids.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 29, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Pavani, and you’re welcome.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    October 29, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    5 stars
    Wow those fingers look really spooky mayurji. love how you have shaped them with a twist! I first thought them to be cookies looking at the pics you shared in FB! Totally loving these bread sticks! This will be such a fun bake with kids!!! Thanks for the idea!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 29, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you Priya and you’re most welcome. I liked the witch finger shortbreads you’ve made.

  • Lata Lala

    October 29, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    5 stars
    These witches fingers make for a fun, spooky Halloween party treat certainly. They look spooky and so real. Good to know that these are easy to make and healthy too.
    Happy Halloween 🎃

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 29, 2020 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you so much Lata.

  • Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

    October 31, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    No one in our family fan of Haloween food or costumes, but I must admit that all the Haloween foodie creations done by bloggers are outstanding just like yours witches fingers! A great fun project that kids would love it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 31, 2020 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you

  • Uma Srinivas

    November 1, 2020 at 7:57 am

    5 stars
    These make a fun, spooky Halloween party treat! I love Italian flavored breadsticks with dip! Lovely share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 1, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you so much Uma.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    November 1, 2020 at 8:10 am

    5 stars
    A perfect spooky treat for Halloween indeed. I like the wrinkled look on the fingers and also the nails. Too good.I have been planning to make these since a long time too but never really got into the spirit. Maybe will make them next year for Halloween.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 1, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha, I usually don’t make any of the Halloween treats but am glad Swathi urged me to.

  • Seema Sriram

    November 1, 2020 at 10:11 am

    5 stars
    These look so cool. Showed my daughter and she is totally in love with the idea, just that we need to get some baking bread skills bettered soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 1, 2020 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you so much Seema. Making breadsticks is pretty simple, same as making pizza base at home.

  • Archana

    November 2, 2020 at 8:54 am

    5 stars
    Wow! I am scared of the witch! Her fingers may have life of their own! Love it Mayuri I think I will bookmark this recipe and bake later when I can. Sounds absolutely something the girls would have loved.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 2, 2020 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. Initially we were a bit skeptical about eating the fingers 🙂

  • Linsy Patel

    November 2, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Very spooky fingers and you did amazing job by giving it natural look. Perfect to dip it in soup

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 2, 2020 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you so much Linsy.

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