I decided to document and share my version of bread sticks. I first of all mix up a batch of the Peasant Bread from the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook – but I alter it by adding some flax seeds, a tablespoon of molasses and a teaspoon of soy sauce. I LOVE the bread recipe – it gets mixed up ahead of time and I can turn it into all sorts of wonderful baked goods when I decide.
Once I have the dough rolled out (you can gauge the approximate size by comparing it to the rolling pin and pastry brush next to it) I lightly roll the dough to about 1/2 inch thick. Then I brush it with some flavoured oil. I used a garlic oil in this case.
Next I put sprinkle on a mixture of cheese – in this case a sharp cheddar and mozzarella.
Then, I fold it in half.
Now, just using my hands, I try to square the sides off a bit into a rough rectangle. I also brushed this exposed side with more garlic oil.
Next, I take a pizza cutter and slice about 3/4 inch slices, lengthwise. I twist each stick by holding one end and then the other.
Ready for the oven! I’ll bake these at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until a lovely golden color. I also put a shallow metal pan in the oven (like the Artisan cookbook recommends for some recipes) and I toss a little water in to make steam. This ensures these cheese sticks are crun-chewy!
Out of the oven and cooling on the racks. They were too much temptation for the Mr. who ‘snitched’ one on his way by…
An attractive and delicious addition to any table. I think children would especially find these fun in the lunchbox!