CROATIA – Slani štapići

 

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When we travel to Croatia, slani štapići are something that we buy almost every day. They are great as a little snack and can often be bought warm out of the even regardless of the time of day.

Rating:

  • Faithfulness to recipe: Exact recipe.
  • Met expectations? Yes. 
  • Would cook again? Yes, with more kneading.
  • The taste test rated on a score of 5: 3. I think I didn’t knead the dough long enough so they were too bready and not light enough. The salty addition on top was definitely true to tradition, however.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 800g flour
  • 1 packet of yeast (7g)
  • a little sugar (~1 tsp)
  • 500 ml of warm milk
  • 100 ml oil
  • 2 tbs flour (for salt icing)
  • 1 tbs salt

Method

  • Mix the flour, yeast, sugar, warm milk and oil and knead until the dough is pliable.
  • Cover and leave the dough and allow it to rise in a warm place (1-2 hours)
  • Divide the dough into 15 balls.
  • Use a rolling pin and shape the dough into “sticks” approximately 20mc in length 20 cm or sized to fit in the pan in which you will bake.
  • Place the shaped sticks on baking paper and leave them a little longer to settle (15-30 minutes).
  • Preheat the oven to 230C.
  • Quickly mix 2 tablespoons of flour and a tablespoon of salt with a little water to produce a mixture a little thicker than pancake batter.
  • Coat the sticks with oil and bake them in oven.
  • After about ten minutes of baking, remove the skewers and pour the salt/flour mixture over the sticks. Place them back in the oven for another 10 minutes, or until you get a nice colour.
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