These Spooky Snake Breadsticks make a perfect addition to your Halloween Party Food table. A great healthy appetiser idea to surprise the kids and grown-ups alike.
Also great for Harry Potter or reptile themed party food.
How to make Snake Breadsticks at home?
Follow our step by step recipe below to make your own breadsticks. Learn how to shape and decorate them into snakes.
We have given extra information on this blog post and finally check out our how to video below.
How to make dough for breadsticks?
Breadstick dough is so easy and cheap to make. A simple combination of yeast, warm water, olive oil, flour and salt.
How to knead breadstick dough
It is quicker to use a handheld mixer with dough hooks to combine and knead the ingredients with minimal effort!
You can also use a electric stand mixer with dough hook.
Or you can knead by hand instead, although it will take more effort and time.
How long to leave dough to proof?
Leave dough to proof for at least 1 hour.
In the case of proofing, you will know when it is ready as it will have doubled in size.
Dough has doubled in size, as illustrated in picture above.
How to shape breadstick into a Snake?
Simply weigh out 50 grams of dough and roll out using your hands. Keep one end wider than the other for the snakes head.
Use flour on surface if dough too sticky.
Place the wider part near the end of a wooden or metal skewer (kebab sticks).
Gently hold the snake's head down with your thumb, whilst you twist the tail down the stick.
Try to give dough enough room not only around the stick, but also on the baking tray.
Remember the snake breadsticks will grow a little in the oven!
You will likely need 2 trays to fit them on.
What temperature to bake breadsticks?
Breadstick's need to be baked at 190°C fan (375°F) oven for 20 minutes.
However, for this recipe, we will only cook for 15 minutes. As we need to add some colour to the snakes before finishing cooking for the last 5 minutes.
How to make coloured breadsticks?
We experimented with many different ways, to find the simplest way, with best results.
Cook the snake breadsticks until almost completed (15 minutes).
Then paint on a simple mix of water and food colouring before cooking for a final 5 minutes.
We used 6 drops of Dr Oetker Extra Strong Food Colour.
Use any colour you like and use as much as you like for stronger colours.
You may also want to add sesame seed, poppy seeds, parmesan or nigella seeds to your snake breadsticks? We dipped the brush into the water than the seeds to help paint them on.
How to remove the stick from the cooked snake breadstick?
It can be in particular tricky to pull the kebab stick out, as we soon found out after we broke a snake breadstick upon our first attempt!
Hence, we give you the secret. Gently hold in one hand, then twist the stick 360, before gently pulling and twisting out at the same time, until fully removed.
What to use to decorate your snake breadsticks?
In this case we used what we already had to give the snake breadsticks some character!
Black olives chopped small for eyes and orange pepper (bell pepper) cut small for the snake's tongue.
We used the end of a kebab stick to make holes in the snake breadsticks before placing the olives and pepper in.
That's it all done, 12 (well, 11 as one didn't make it) snake breadsticks ready for your Halloween party!
How to serve Snake Breadsticks?
We served ours up with our delicious Kebab Shop Chilli Sauce.
But, you can use whatever you like to dip your Halloween serpent in!
📖 Step by Step Recipe
Snake Breadsticks - Party Food Halloween or Harry Potter
- 5 grams (1 tsp) Dried Active Yeast 1x sachet
- 170 ml (⅔ cup) Warm Water
- 4 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 330 grams (2 ⅔ cup) Plain Flour
- 1 teaspoon Salt
Decoration, this is what we used but you can use whatever you like?
- 2 Olives, chopped small for the eyes
- ⅓ Orange Pepper (bell pepper) for the tongue
- 6 drops Extra strong food colour gel we used green
- 3 tablespoon water to mix food colour with
- 1 tablespoon sesame or nigella seeds optional
- Mix warm water with yeast, stir together until it starts to bubble up, then add the olive oil.5 grams (1 tsp) Dried Active Yeast, 170 ml (⅔ cup) Warm Water, 4 tablespoon Olive Oil
- Sieve the flour and then add the salt.330 grams (2 ⅔ cup) Plain Flour, 1 teaspoon Salt
- Using a hand mixer with dough hook mix on slow until combined, then increase speed to medium speed for 5 minutes.If kneading by hand will take 10 minutes
- Cover the dough in a bowl with cling film and let prove for 1 hr / until the dough has doubled in size.
- Place flour on a clean surface, give the dough a gently knead adding more flour if needed to remove stickiness.
- Weigh out and work with 50 gram pieces of dough at a time.
- Roll into a snake shape, thin one end for the tail and thicker the other end for the head
- Starting from the head end. Wrap the dough snake shape around a wooden kebab stick and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
- Allow space between snakes on a tray. Shape the head before placing in the oven. Cook on 200°C fan/ 220°C/ 425°/ Gas mark 7 F for 15 minutes
- Mix together water and green food colouring for painting the snakes3 tablespoon water, 6 drops Extra strong food colour gel
- Remove snakes and brush over the food colouring mixture, add seeds now if wanted? Then place back in the oven for a further 5 mins.1 tablespoon sesame or nigella seeds
- Cut up black olive into small pieces for the snake eyes2 Olives, chopped small
- Use an orange/ red pepper cut out the snake tongues⅓ Orange Pepper (bell pepper)
- Once the snakes have cooled down, twist the kebab stick 360°. Then continue to twist as you pull out slowly from the snakes
- Use the sharp end of a stick to poke a hole for the eyes and mouth, and place the olives for eyes and peppers for tongues into each snake
- Serve with a dip and enjoy!!
We hope you enjoyed this Halloween snake breadstick recipe.
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October 2021 "This post has been included in the Twinkl Halloween Guide. Why not have a look at the pumpkin patches available near you for next Halloween?"