Golden bread sticks, painted with salt with just the right amount of crunch. You'll never try other bread sticks again. 

Slanci: Balkan Bread Sticks

  • Author: Balkan Lunch Box
  • Prep Time: 60 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Category: Bread



  • Dough:
  • 5.5 ounces white flour
  • 3.5 ounces corn flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3.5 ounces yogurt (plain Greek, smooth)*
  • 1 ounce milk
  • 1/2 packet of active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • Topping:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon white flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. In a cup dissolve sugar and yeast in water, and leave for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl combine white and corn flours with the yeast mixture and mix until integrated. Continue by adding yogurt and then milk, while you work the ingredients into a smooth dough ball (about 5 to 7 minutes). Set aside for 15 or so minutes.
  3. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured working area (if you can get away with no flour even better), and roll it out into a pizza like round the thickness of 2-3 fingers. Slice into 10-14 pieces. Roll each piece out into a stick.
  4. Transfer sticks onto an oiled baking pan. (For the pull-apart effect place them close to each other. Otherwise, leave space between each.) Leave for 30 minutes.
  5. Heat oven to 395°F. Before placing the pan in the oven, mix oil and egg yolk and paint each stick. Bake breadsticks for 10 minutes.
  6. While breadsticks are in the oven, in a small bowl combine flour, salt and water until completely smooth and of the pancake thickness.
  7. Take the breadsticks out of the oven, and decorate with a zig-zag line of salt mixture. Return to the oven and bake another 10 minutes.
  8. Take out and wrap in a kitchen towel. Leave to rest at least 30 minutes.


* Use European type yogurt, or plain Greek yogurt (mix it until it is smooth and runny, add a little water if necessary).
Prep time includes time needed to wait for the dough to rest and rise.
Recipe yields about 10-14 sticks. Serving size is about 2-3 per person.

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