Party Bread Sticks
|All purpose flour||4 1⁄2 Cup (72 tbs), unsifted|
|Active dry yeast||1⁄2 Ounce (2 Packages)|
|Olive oil/Salad oil||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Hot water||1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs) (120 To 130 Degree F)|
|Egg white||1 , beaten with 1 tablespoon water|
|Coarse salt||To Taste|
In the large bowl of an electric mixer stir together 1 cup of the flour, the sugar, salt, and yeast.
Add oil, then gradually stir in hot water.
Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup more flour and beat at high speed for 2 minutes.
Stir in 1 1/2 to 2 cups of the remaining flour with your mixer (if it's a heavy-duty model) or a wooden spoon to make a soft dough.
Turn dough out onto a well-floured board and, with well-floured hands, work it into a smooth ball.
With a sharp knife, cut into 20 equal pieces for 16-inch sticks€”or 16 pieces for 20-inch sticks, depending on size of pan and oven.
Roll each piece of dough into a rope that is 16 or 20 inches long.
Arrange about 1 inch apart on oiled baking sheets or oiled foil placed on oven racks, rolling to grease all sides of dough.
At this point you may wish to cover tightly with clear plastic wrap and freeze until solid.
Then transfer to plastic bags and store in freezer up to 4 weeks.
Remove frozen sticks from freezer about 30 minutes before you plan to bake them.
Arrange frozen bread sticks about 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets or foil-topped oven racks; cover and let stand at room temperature until fully thawed (about 15 minutes).
Set bread sticks (thaw first, if frozen) in a warm place, cover, and let rise until puffy (about 15 minutes).
With a soft brush, paint each stick with egg white-water mixture.
Sprinkle lightly with coarse salt or either of the seeds, or leave plain, if you prefer.
Bake in a 375° oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned all over.
Makes 16 to 20 extra-large bread sticks.
For appetizer bread sticks, divide dough into 40 equal pieces and roll each to about 12 inches long.
Freeze or bake as directed for larger sticks, on oiled baking sheets or oiled foil placed on oven racks.
Bake in a 375° oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.