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Fennel & Sesame Breadsticks

  • 25 m
  • 45 m
Breana Killeen
“Fennel and sesame seeds stud this easy homemade breadstick recipe made with prepared pizza dough. For a crispier texture more like grissini, roll the breadsticks long and thin and bake until golden.”


    • 1 pound pizza dough, preferably whole-wheat (see Tip)
    • 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds
    • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds


  • 1 Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray.
  • 2 Divide dough into 16 equal pieces and roll each into a 12- to 14-inch-long breadstick on a lightly floured surface (see Tip). Place the breadsticks at least ½ inch apart on the baking sheets. Brush with oil and sprinkle with fennel seeds and sesame seeds, pressing if necessary to help it stick.
  • 3 Bake the breadsticks on the upper and lower racks, switching the pans halfway through, until lightly brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
  • Tips: Look for balls of prepared whole-wheat pizza dough at your supermarket, fresh or frozen and without any hydrogenated oils.
  • If your dough “resists” being rolled out, let it rest 10 to 15 minutes, then try rolling it out again.
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