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Twelfth Day of Xmas: Herbed Grissini (Breadsticks)

“I played my drum for Him, pa rum pa pum pum…” Each time I think of the little drummer boy, I think of my little (well, not so little anymore) brother. Why? Because he taught himself how to play the drums and he plays a mean drum. Four days ago, they just had their first baby boy, Caden. He looks a lot like my brother, which is a bit freaky for me cos I keep thinking my brother regressed into a baby every time I see his son. Anyway, I chose to make breadsticks for the last day of Xmas in honor of the twelve drummers drumming in the song ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’. You could use these breadsticks to play a drum, but I’d much rather chomp on them.

Rosemary Grissini
Yields: 12-15 thin breadsticks

90g (1/4 cup + 2 tbsp) water
120g (1 cup) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 tsp sugar
5g (1 1/2 tsp) instant yeast
15g (1 tbsp) extra-virgin olive oil
5g (1 tsp) salt
Dried herbs (rosemary, oregano, thyme, etc)
Cayenne pepper

1. Combine all the ingredients except herbs and pepper. Knead on a floured work surface until a smooth dough is formed.

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The dough may start out wet and sticky, but be generous with flouring your work surface and hands and the dough will eventually come together

2. Let dough rest in a warm place until it doubles in volume ~ 1 hr.

Placing dough in a measuring cup is an easy way to judge when the dough has doubled

Placing dough in a measuring cup is an easy way to judge when the dough has doubled

3. Roll dough out into a large, thin rectangle. Sprinkle herbs and pepper.

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Here’s where the cook in us kicks in… flavor the breadstick with your favorite herbs, garlic powder, cayenne pepper etc

4. Cut into 1/2 inch strips and then twist them into shape.

If you have one, use a pizza cutter to cut easily into strips

If you have one, use a pizza cutter to cut easily into strips

Your hands should turn in the opposite direction, one clockwise and one counter-clockwise

Your hands should turn in the opposite direction, one clockwise and one counter-clockwise

5. Let them rest for 15 minutes until they puff up slightly. Then bake at 400F for 10 minutes.

Crispy herbed grissini sticks... pa rum pa pum pum!

Crispy herbed grissini sticks… pa rum pa pum pum!

If you missed out on past recipes in the 12 days of Xmas recipes series…

Eleventh Day of Xmas: Chocolate-mint Xmas Tree cupcakes
Tenth Day of Xmas: Gingerbread 
Ninth Day of Xmas: Rum & Raisin Semi-freddo
Eighth Day of Xmas: Pumpkin Panna Cotta
Seventh Day of Xmas: Profiteroles
Sixth Day of Xmas: Pavlova
Fifth Day of Xmas: Cardamom Rings
Fourth Day of Xmas: Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin
Third Day of Xmas: Creamy Chicken Pie
Second Day of Xmas: Turtle Bars
First Day of Xmas: Rustic Pear Galette

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One thought on “Twelfth Day of Xmas: Herbed Grissini (Breadsticks)

  1. Pingback: Finale: Twelve Days of Xmas Recipes… DONE! « fait maison

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