Rosemary "Braidsticks"

These little braided breads are great served at your holiday meal or with soups all winter long.

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Makes:
16 servings
Prep:
35 mins
Rise:
1 hr 15 mins
Bake:
15 mins 350°F
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Rosemary "Braidsticks"

Ingredients
1
package active dry yeast
1
tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/4
teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
3/4
cup milk
2
tablespoons butter or margarine
1
tablespoon sugar
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
cup semolina pasta flour*
1
egg white
1
tablespoon water

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together 3/4 cup of the all-purpose flour, the yeast, the rosemary, and the pepper. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, butter, sugar, and salt just until warm (120 degree F to 130 degree F) and butter almost melts.
  2. Add milk mixture to flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of the bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in semolina flour. Let stand for 1 minute. Stir in as much of the remaining all-purpose flour as you can with a wooden spoon.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining all-purpose flour to make a stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (8 to 10 minutes). Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl; turn once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double (about 45 to 60 minutes).
  4. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Line a baking sheet with foil; grease foil. Roll each portion into a 10x9-inch rectangle. From one portion of dough, cut lengthwise into 24 strips.
  5. For each breadstick, pinch together ends of three strips. Braid the strips of dough. Pinch the other ends together. Tuck under the thin, pinched ends. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining half of dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place unto nearly double in size (about 30 minutes).
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. In a small bowl, beat together egg white and water. Lightly brush egg white mixture on breadsticks. Bake about 15 minutes or until golden. Serve warm. Makes 16 breadsticks.

From the Test Kitchen

Prepare breadstick dough. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. To serve, thaw dough. Shape and let rise. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 20 minutes or until golden.

*Semolina flour substitution:

Instead of semolina flour, you can use 3/4 cup all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup of yellow cornmeal.

Nutrition Facts

(Rosemary "Braidsticks")
    Per serving:
  • 58 kcal cal.,
  • 1 g fat
  • 60 mg sodium,
  • 10 g carb.,
  • 2 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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