Friday, February 20, 2009

Nut and Seed Breadsticks

This recipe makes 45 bread sticks.

INGREDIENTS:

6-7 Cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 packages active dry yeast
1 egg white
1 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups of lukewarm water
1 tsp water
Coarse salt, grated Parmesan cheese, ground nuts, sesame or poppy seeds

DIRECTIONS:

Soften the yeast in warm water; and the sugar and salt and let it stand until it's bubbly. Beat in the flour one cup at a time, until the dough is smooth and formed. Turn out onto a floured surface, cover and let it rest about 5 minutes.

Knead the dough adding flour as needed until it's smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place the dough into a large buttered bowl turning it so the top is buttered. Cover and put in a warm place until it doubles in size, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Turn out and punch down; knead lightly, cover and let it rest another 5 minutes.

Cut dough into 3 equal parts. Roll each part into a rectangle, about 15 x 9 inches. Cut into 15, 9 x 1 inch strips. Roll strips between your hands into thin pencils. Lay strips on greased baking sheets, or use a bread stick pan.

Beat together egg white and the 1 tsp of water with a fork. Brush mixture over dough strips. Sprinkle with your favorite topping. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Place bread sticks in a cold oven. Put a pan of boiling water on the rack that's underneath the bread sticks. Turn on oven to 400ยบ and bake 12-15 minutes.