Pumpkin and Poppy Seed Bread(sticks) and Easy Smoked Mackerel Paté

homemade bread paté

Homemade bread and paté for lunch

I wanted to try making breadsticks as I thought it was about time I made something other than a loaf of bread. The instructions said make it with a dough hook, so I did, instead of kneading it myself. And somehow, instead of getting thin breadsticks like in the book, I ended up with something closer to mini baguettes.

I’m not sure where I went wrong: maybe I let it rise too much the first time, or maybe I didn’t get enough of the air out after the first rise. If they weren’t so delicious I would have been disappointed! I will definitely use the flour in the same proportions of white, wholemeal and granary again, to make a loaf, and the pumpkin and poppy seeds are a great addition. I will probably knead it myself next time too: maybe I had under- or over-mixed it.

And I will also try to make some breadsticks that are more like sticks and less like bread.

homemade pumpkin poppy seed bread

Pumpkin and Poppy Seed “sticks”

As it was, they were delicious with the smoked mackerel paté, which has to be one of the easiest things to make ever and is highly recommended as a quick lunch option, especially if you are inviting guests.


Paul Hollywood’s Pumpkin Seed Sticks with Poppy Seeds


100g strong white bread flour

200g strong wholemeal bread flour (I used wholemeal spelt)

200g granary bread flour

10g salt

10g dried yeast

30g softened butter

340ml water

150g pumpkin seeds

50g poppy seeds


Put the flours into the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook, if you have one, and add the yeast and salt to different sides of the bowl. Add the butter and ¾ of the water and begin mixing on a slow speed.

Slowly add the remaining water as the dough comes together. Then mix for 2 minutes on slow, then 5 minutes on medium. Add the pumpkin seeds and mix for a further 3 minutes.

Leave the dough in a well oiled bowl, covered with cling film, for at least an hour, until at least doubled in size.

Line two baking trays with baking parchment and put the poppy seeds in a line on a board.

Knock the air out of the dough on a lightly floured surface by repeatedly folding it in on itself.

Divide the dough into ten pieces and make each into a slim stick. Brush with water and roll in the poppy seeds.

homemade breadsticks

Making the breadsticks

Put the dough sticks on the baking trays and put each tray in a clean plastic bag.

Leave to prove for about an hour, until at least doubled in size and springs back quickly if you prod it lightly with your finger.

Heat the oven to 220ºC.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown and crisp. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

pumpkin poppy seed bread

Pumpkin and Poppy Seed bread

Smoked Mackerel Paté


Smoked mackerel fillets – I allow one per person

Cream cheese

A squeeze of lemon juice

Freshly ground pepper


Weigh your smoked mackerel: I use about half the weight of the mackerel in cream cheese but add more or less as you prefer.

Put the smoked mackerel fillets into a bowl and break up with a fork. Add the cream cheese and mix well.

Add a squeeze of lemon juice and some freshly ground pepper and mix again until all properly combined.

Serve in ramekin dishes with crunchy vegetables and fresh bread.

smoked mackerel pate

Smoked mackerel paté

Categories: Baking, Bread, Recipes, Starters and snacks

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7 replies

  1. This looks wonderful…I so need my KitchenAid mixer so I can make more bread (well that’s excuse anyway!) I love mackerel pate, absolutely delicious 🙂

  2. This looks so good! I’ll have to try it very soon!

  3. My kind of lunch – Yum!

  4. I like the look of the bread “sticks”!

  5. Just made the Paul Hollywood “sticks” and had exactly the same result. Very nice but definitely not a crispy breadstick. Has anyone else had a problem? Is it the recipe as it seems completely different from some others I’ve looked at?

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