What do you eat when you are not really hungry? What do you think about grissini, the Italian breadstick?
Sometimes, when I am full of sweets and heavy food, I just want to eat something light and lightly spiced. It’s much better if it can be made easily… In such a situation the best solution is the Italian breadstick, namely the grissini.
Grissini made with a simple pizza crust-like dough. It is crisp all the way and can be flavored with various herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano), seeds (poppy, cumin or sesame seeds), and spices (form example: the classic salt-and-pepper flavoring) or you can add cheese to the dough too.
The best thing about grissini is that the breadsticks are meant to have a rustic look, so you don’t have to worry about making them look perfect. And this is a very important consideration for me, a mom of five kids. The length of the breadsticks will be determined by how large your oven is. If you have a wide one you can make very long grissini.
Grissini, the Italian breadstick (with cheese and oregano)
- 500 g all purpose flour
- 1 little packet of dried yeast
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2-3 teaspoons sea salt
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
- 300 ml warm water
- 200 g grated cheese (what you like)
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped oregano
- Mix together warm water, honey and yeast.
- Add to the mixture all the other ingredients and once the mixture starts to pull together, begin kneading the dough.
- Place the dough in a large bowl and cover it with a tea towel.
- Allow to rise till doubled in size.
- Knead the dough again and allow to rise again.
- On a floured surface, roll the dough to a large square (0,5 cm thick).
- Cut it into 1 cm strips. Each strip should be about 25-30 cm long.
- Roll them into thin sausage shape.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350 F.
- Place them on floured baking trays.
- Bake the breadsticks till golden and crunchy. (About 15-20 min.)