Today is National Breadstick Day! I love a warm buttery stick of bread. With cheese on top is even better. I didn’t realize how easy it was to make them until today.
Breadsticks (grissini, dipping sticks) are generally pencil-sized sticks of crisp, dry bread originating in Turin and the surrounding area in Italy. They are originally thought to have been created in the 14th century; although according to a local tradition, they were invented by a baker in Lanzo Torinese (northern Italy) in 1679. -Wikipedia
I’ve been in charge of after school activities for my daughter and her friend this week, so we made breadsticks today! We started off my preparing the dough by adding 1 TBSP fast acting yeast, 1 Tbsp sugar, and 1 1/2 cup of warm water. Then mixed the ingredients and let set for about five minutes. Next, we added 3 cups of flour and 1 tsp sea salt to the yeast. We stirred it with a wooden spoon until it formed a ball of dough, set it in bowl to let rise for 45 minutes.
Now it was time to roll the dough out into a 1 inch square and cut into strips. The girls the rolled each strip with the palms of their hands and then made a twist. They loved this part! After placing them all on a cookie sheet, they were put in the oven for about 13 minutes. At that point you can smell the deliciousness all throughout your house. Mmmm. We made a buttery garlic mixture to brush on the top. Yum!! So good!