Do you like Italian breadsticks? Never thought of making your own? If you think they are difficult to make then think again.
I often buy grissini but what I don't like about them is that they are often too salty and too greasy and cheap fats and oils are often being added. Unfortunately this is the price with pay for industrially made food: yes it costs less and it is more affordable but it is also made with cheap ingredients and fats, like palm oil, which are certainly not healthy.
I know it can be time consuming but it is interesting to taste the difference and it is worth making them every so often; use only olive oil and good quality strong flour and you will get tasty and crunchy grissini which, when cooking, will fill the house with a beautiful smell!
The preparation is the same as bread making. The dough needs to rest a couple of times in a warm place, then you roll it and pull it and make long sticks which will dry in the oven, get crunchy and slightly golden.
- Prep Time : 2 hour 35 minutes
- Cook Time : 25 minutes
In a bowl melt the yeast with some lukewarm water then add the flour, the olive oil and the salt
Work the dough with your hands and make a smooth ball. Put the dough back in the bowl, cover it up with a cloth and let it rest in a warm place for an hour
Cut the dough and make small balls, then with your hands roll them on the table and make long and thin sticks. Pull them on both sides to make them thinner
Line them up on a baking tray over a sheet of baking paper. Cover them up with a cloth again and let them rest for another hour
Cook them in a hot over at 180C for 20-25 minutes. They should look slightly golden but not too dark. Store them in an airtight container.