Baton Sale or bâton salé is sort of salty stick snack item that is very buttery and delicious. It is very common in Egypt and it is used to be served at birthday parties along with other salty baked goods.
Our version has a nice warm flavor coming from cumin seeds. You can make it with caraway or Nigella seeds, but I've made it the traditional way with cumin seeds.
📝 Recipe Ingredients
- All-purpose flour.
- Butter or ghee.
- Salt, sugar, yeast and cumin seeds.
- Warm water for the dough.
Start by adding all the dry ingredients together then melt the butter and add it to the dry ingredients. Slowly add water until you get a firm dough. Moisten your hands with some oil or butter then take a small ball of the dough and roll into thin long - 4 to 5 inch- sticks.
Bake for 10-12 minutes in a preheated 400F oven. You can brush it with egg wash if you would like a more shiny look.
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Baton Sale (French salted bread sticks)
- 3 cups All purpose flour
- 1 cup butter or ghee melted.
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 Tablespoons Cumin seeds
- 1 Tablespoon dry yeast.
- 1 teaspoon sugar.
- ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons warm water.
- preheat oven to 400F. Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, add flour, salt, cumin seeds, sugar and yeast. Mix well.
- Pour butter over and mix.
- Gradually add warm water and knead well until a firm dough forms.
- Moisten your hands with some oil or butter, then divide the dough into 40-50 small balls, then cover the balls with plastic wrap.
- Take the first ball of the dough and roll into a thin long - 5 to 6 inch- sticks.
- Place stick on the baking sheet and proceed with the rest of the dough.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- You might want to roll the sticks in sesame seeds, Nigella seeds, sea salt flakes or more cumin seeds.
- Cumin is common in baton sale, but skip it if you want to and use anise seeds or Nigella seeds.
- You can brush sticks with egg wash if you would like a more shiny look.
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First published March 2014. Last updated July 15, 2021, with important tips, clear step-by-step instructions, and readability.
Thank you for this recipe Amira! I craved these sitting at home and making them was so easy. I made different versions with no cumin seeds and less salt: with sesame on top, with nigella seeds inside (habb el baraké) or plain. My favourite was with nigella seeds.
I just discovered your site. I see many recipes that look fantastic. I can't wait to try them out. I live in Canada but originally I grew up in Lebanon/Syria. You have many recipes that remind me of my childhood. Thank you again for sharing the love.
Patricia, your comment made me so happy. Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I've never made baton sale with nigella but this is a great way to make my kids consume more of this magical seed.