Long, crispy, thin breadsticks like these grissini are laid right on the tablecloth at many Piedmontese restaurants.

Marialisa Calta
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2008

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Recipe Summary

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2 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
24
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Stir water and sugar in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Add yeast and let stand for 10 minutes; it should bubble (if it doesn't, throw it out and start over with fresh yeast).

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  • Add whole-wheat flour, 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons oil and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix with a wooden spoon and, eventually, your hands until combined. Add up to 1/4 cup more all-purpose flour if the dough seems sticky.

  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it is smooth and elastic, at least 5 minutes.

  • Lightly oil a clean large bowl. Gather the dough into a ball; place it in the bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 375 degrees F. Coat 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray.

  • Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces. Stretch and roll each piece to about 24 inches long and approximately 3/8 inch thick. Cut each piece in half to make 2 dozen 12-inch-long breadsticks. Place about 1/2 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Brush both sides of the breadsticks with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  • Bake the breadsticks for 15 minutes. Gently turn each breadstick over. Continue baking until crisp and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes more.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Tightly wrap cooled breadsticks in plastic wrap and keep for up to 5 days.

Shopping tip: White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. Find it in large supermarkets or online from kingarthurflour.com.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

87 calories; protein 2.3g 5% DV; carbohydrates 13.8g 5% DV; dietary fiber 1.3g 5% DV; sugars 0.4g; fat 2.7g 4% DV; saturated fat 0.4g 2% DV; cholesterol 0mg; vitamin a iu 1IU; vitamin c 0mg; folate 42.1mcg 11% DV; calcium 4.9mg 1% DV; iron 0.8mg 4% DV; magnesium 14.4mg 5% DV; potassium 46.4mg 1% DV; sodium 71mg 3% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 17% DV.
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10/29/2011
My daughter and I had fun making these and they were promptly devoured by the whole family. Really delicious! Melanie Read More
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