This recipe for French breadsticks will complement the lightest of lunches or the most substantial of suppers!
Note: the original form of this recipe is found in The Southern Heritage’s cookbook, Company’s Coming!
- 1 package of dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 ¼ cups of warm water
- 3 ½ cups of divided all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 egg white
- Coarse salt
- Pour the yeast and sugar into a large mixing bowl and dissolve both into temperate water.
- Let the yeast/sugar/water mixture stand for 5 minutes.
- Gradually add in 1 ¼ cups of flour and the salt, mixing everything together until just moistened.
- Slowly add in the remaining flour, mixing until the result is a stiff dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a surface that’s been heavily floured.
- Knead the dough for about 8 minutes, or until it’s smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top of the dough, too.
- Cover the dough in the bowl and put in in a warm place (about 85 degrees Fahrenheit) for an hour until it has doubled in bulk.
- Punch the dough down, and turn it onto a surface that’s only been lightly floured.
- Knead the dough until it becomes smooth, then let it rest for about 10 minutes.
- Grease two baking sheets, sprinkle them with cornmeal, then set them aside.
- Divide the dough into fourths, then use a pair of kitchen shears to clip each fourth into eight equal portions.
- Roll each of the portions into a pencil-like breadstick that’s about 9 inches long.
- Place the breadsticks about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
- Lightly brush the breadsticks with half of the egg white.
- Let the breadsticks rise in a warm (again, about 85 degrees Fahrenheit) location for about 30 minutes, or until they’ve doubled in bulk.
- Use the remaining egg whites to brush the breadsticks.
- Sprinkle coarse salt over each of the breadsticks.
- Place a shallow pan containing 1 inch of water on the bottom rack of the oven.
- On the top rack of the oven, place the two baking sheets.
- Bake the breadsticks at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, or until they become golden brown.
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