Jan 29, 2010

Fresh Bread in 30 minutes-- Breadsticks!

I am often a procrastinator--particularly when it comes to dinner. The several hours involved with baking fresh bread is often a lofty goal, but I usually don't remember until 1/2 an hour before it is time to eat.

Because of this, I have taken to making breadsticks as an accompaniment to pastas, soups or other dishes that like a side of bread.

The below recipe was taken from a book whose name I don't remember. It is an easy, fast and delicious recipe. I use 100% wheat flour with good results.

Quick Breadsticks

1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 - 3/4 cup water or milk
coarse salt (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in food processor and pulse to combine. Add the oil and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

3. With the machine running, pour 1/2 - 3/4 cup of cold water or milk through the feed tube and process until the dough comes together.

4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out about 1/8" thick. Sprinkle with salt if you like--I usually press it in a bit. Cut into 1/2 - 3/4" wide strips as long or short as you like. Then twist strips into rustic looking sticks. (grab each end and twist in opposite directions)

5. Place the sticks on an ungreased baking sheet and press ends onto the sheet if they start to unravel. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden.

Additions: you can add a spoonful of pesto, or throw in a clove of garlic and chop with the flour.

1 comment:

natalie said...

Yummy! I loooove breadsticks, but usually don't make them... will have to try this!