Friday, October 8, 2010
The Italian bread sticks (aka Grissini) originated in Turin, Italy according to Wikipedia. They are usually served as an appetizer in restaurants. I don't mind them having any time , either as a snack, or with a cup of coffee.
I didn't have the patience to make them into perfect ropes, but they still look pretty !
They could be served as an appetizer with a soup of your choice or enjoy them with a cuppa/ as it is :-)
Here is a glimpse from my kitchen.Hope this gives you an idea about rolling, cutting and making the sticks !
All purpose Flour- 2 to 21/4 cups
Salt- 11/2 tsp
Olive oil- 2 Tbsp
Active Dry yeast- 2 1/4 tsp/one packet
Sugar- 1 Tbsp(divided)
Mixed dried Herbs(I used a mixture of oregano, marjarom, basil and parsley)- 2 tsp
Milk- 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp for brushing
Warm water- 1/4 cup
1.Mix half of the sugar and yeast in the warm water and let it sit for a couple of minutes.
2.In a large mixing bowl, combine flour(start with 2 cups),salt,rest of the sugar,dried herbs and olive oil.
3.Make a well in the middle and add the milk and the yeast mixture.Mix everything well.
4.Knead the dough for a few minutes using your stand mixer or hands.Add more flour,if necessary to make a smooth dough.
5.After kneading for another 4-5 minutes, shape the dough into a ball,cover and keep it for an hour in a warm place so that it will double in size.
6.After the dough becomes double,divide the dough into 4 equal parts.
7.Preheat the oven at 425 degree F. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper that is slightly greased.
8.Roll out each part of the dough into a 12 inch long and 4-5 inch wide rectangle.
9.Divide this rectangle into 4 equal parts and roll up it lengthwise to make a stick.
10.Keep it on the greased parchment paper and let sit covered for 10-15 minutes. Brush with milk or with slightly beaten egg.
11.Bake for about 15 minutes or until it starts turning golden brown.
12.Cool on a wire rack and enjoy with a cuppa.
1.Instead of adding the dried herbs in the dough, you could use them to make a topping for this bread sticks.After brushing with milk just sprinkle them on top.
2.You could also use sesame seeds to sprinkle on top.
3.The egg wash gives a nicer and better color for the bread sticks, but I prefer to use milk/oil.
4.This makes 16 bread sticks.
Inspired by: Home made breads by Better Homes and Gardens, 1960 edition