Cheezy Bread Sticks
Yield:: 3 dozen bread sticks
 
Although great with any meal, these delicious bread sticks are ideal with soups and salads.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons active dry baking yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons unbleached cane sugar or other sweetener of your choice
  • 1 cup warm water (110°F to 115 °F)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic granules pinch of ground black pepper
  • approx. 3 cups whole wheat bread flour, more or less as needed
  • sesame or poppy seeds, as needed (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the yeast and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the warm water, and let the mixture rest for about 10 minutes until it is foamy. Then stir in the oil.

  2. Stir in the nutritional yeast flakes, salt, garlic granules, and pepper, and mix well. Then gradually beat in the 3 cups of flour (more or less, as needed) with a wooden spoon, adding only ½ cup at a time, until the mixture forms a soft but kneadable dough.

  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured board, and knead it for 5 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic, adding more flour as necessary. Alternatively, knead the dough directly in the mixing bowl.
  4. Lightly oil a clean, large mixing bowl, and place the dough in it. Turn the dough around so that it is lightly oiled all over. Cover the bowl with a clean, damp tea towel, and let the dough rise in a warm place for about 60 minutes (see The Cook's Secrets on next page), or until doubled in size.

  5. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Mist two baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray, and set them aside.

  6. Punch the dough straight down into the center. Then punch it in about 8 places. Knead the dough briefly, then slice it into quarters .Working with one of the quarters at a time, cut it into 9 equal pieces. Keep the remaining dough covered with plastic wrap or a lightly dampened tea towel. Shape each piece into a pencil-size stick by rolling it between the palms of your hands or between the palm of one hand and a bread board or countertop. If desired, roll it in sesame or poppy seeds. Place the bread sticks as they are formed onto the prepared baking sheets.

  7. Using the center rack of the oven, bake one sheet of bread sticks at a time for about 10 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Keep the remaining sheet of bread sticks covered with plastic wrap or a lightly dampened tea towel. Transfer the baked bread sticks to a cooling rack, and bake the second batch in the same fashion. Serve warm or at room temperature .

  8. The Cook's Secrets:
  9. The best "warm place" (about 85°F to l00°F) to let dough rise is in a gas oven with a pilot light (do not tum the oven on) or in an electric oven heated at 200°F for 1 or 2 minutes only and then turned of[ (Place the covered bowl of bread dough in the oven after you have turned off the heat.)
Nutrition Information
Calories: 91 Fat: 1gm Carbohydrates: 17gm Protein: 2gm
 

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