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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Parmesan Bread Sticks

These are great crunchy bread sticks - "Grissini" as the Italian call it.
They are easy to make and great with butter, served with any italian dinner (me? I love it with anything from cottage cheese to dipping it in soup)

2 tsp fast acting yeast
250ml warm water
500 grams flour (I use bread flour)
1 tsp. salt
40 ml good quality olive oil
2 TBS freshly grated parmesan cheese

Optional - Kosher salt, sesame seeds, za'atar, pepper flakes

Mix together the water and yeast and let stand approx. 10 minutes till starts to get bubbly. In a mixer bowl put the flour and salt and lightly mix together. Add the water / yeast mixture and begin to mix on slow speed. Add the olive oil and continue mixing. Add cheese and mix on moderate speed.
Cover bowl with towel and let satnd till dough doubles in size.
Preheat oven to 180C and line 2 shhets with parchment paper.
Knead the dough again in order to let air escape. Take ping pong size pieces of dough and roll into long thin sticks. At this point you can brush the sticks with olive oil and dip them in anything from pepper flakes to coarse salt to even more parmesan cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes until sticks are golden. If you need to test (do NOT test them all LOL) the sticks - then break a stick - it should be dry and crunchy.
Keep in airtight jar. But they won't last long....

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