I am a little off on my schedule this week. Easter came through and wrecked the kitchen (and all I did was cook, we had dinner at my parents house). After getting cleaned I found some time to make some Grissini. These are the crisp, cracker like breadsticks you might find in some Italian restaurants.
Historically, bread like pasta is a very inexpensive item. The cost comes from the time commitment more than it does from the ingredients. The grissini I have for to offer you today are a good example of this. They are made with only three ingredients; flour, water, and yeast. But with these three ingredients you can make something that is tasty and a bit outside your normal everyday.
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon yeast
1.5 -2 cups all purpose flour
Combine the yeast and water and allow to bloom (roughly 10 minutes in warm water). Add 1.5 cups flour to yeast/water mix. Bring together then turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead for about 10 minutes or the dough becomes smooth. This will be a stiffer dough. If it is sticky while kneading add a little flour at a time.
Allow to rest for 15 minutes
Weigh out the dough in .75 to 1 ounce pieces. Using both hands roll out to long thin ropes (the length of your pan is a good idea). Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 -20 minutes or they have begun to brown.
Time for a pint…