Salt Sticks

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Better Than Store-Bought: Authoritative recipes that most people never knew they could make at home

By Helen Witty and Elizabeth Schneider

Published 1979

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A childhood memory of frequently being favored with chewy salt sticks in a neighborhood bakery prompted us to re-create this old-fashioned Central European bread. Perhaps your children will enjoy the exacting task of unfurling a crusty baked salt stick without making any tears (and rolling up the raw dough, too, for that matter).


  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon lard or unsalted butter
  • ½


  1. In a saucepan, heat together the skim milk, lard or butter, water, salt, and 2 teaspoons sugar until the fat melts. Let cool to 110 degrees in the large bowl of an electric mixer.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the warm water, pinch of sugar, and yeast in a bowl and let stand un