Scallion bread sticks

Yield: 16 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 tablespoon Active dry yeast
2 teaspoons Sugar
¼ cup Warm water
2 cups All-purpose flour
¼ cup Olive oil
¾ cup Water
¼ cup Minced fresh scallions
\N \N Cornmeal to sprinkle on the
\N \N Baking sheet
1 \N Egg lightly beaten with 1
\N \N Tablespoon water and a
\N \N Pinch of salt for the glaze
\N \N Coarse salt for the tops

"These crunchy bread sticks are ideal companions to a hot soup or stew. 350~F. 35 to 45 minutes Preheat the oven to 350~F.

In a small bowl, combine the yeast with the sugar and the warm water.

Set aside in a warm place until the yeast starts to foam, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Measure the flour into a large bowl or the food processor. Stir in the yeast mixture, the oil, and the ¾ cup water. Mix well.

Add the scallions. Knead by hand for about 5 minutes on a lightly floured surface or by pulsing about 10 to 15 times in the food processor. Knead until the scallions are thoroughly kneaded in and the dough is smooth and springy to the touch. Place the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl and turn over to coat all sides. Cover with a damp cloth and set the dough in a warm place until it has doubled in bulk, about 1-½ to 2 hours.

Punch the dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface or pastry cloth. Knead a few strokes. With a knife, cut the dough into 12 to 16 equal pieces. With your hands, roll each piece into a stick approximately 12 inches long. You will have a more even-looking stick if you place the dough on a firm surface and roll your hands across the top, moving from the center outward.

Place the sticks 1 inch apart on a baking sheet that has been lightly sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover the sheet with a damp towel and let the sticks rise slightly in a warm place for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Brush the tops of the sticks with the egg mixture and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake 35 to 45 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp.

Cool on a rack. Yield: 12 to 16.

VARIATIONS: For cheese bread sticks, knead in ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese with or instead of the scallions.

The Scallions may be omitted from this recipe to produce equally good plain bread sticks.

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