Cheesy Millet and Black Pepper Breadsticks

Crisp, yeasty, and thoroughly healthy, these breadsticks combine whole grains and cheese in a delightful way.

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  • Makes: 36 breadsticks
  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Rise: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Bake: 12 mins 375°F

Cheesy Millet and Black Pepper Breadsticks

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine the warm water, yeast, and honey, stirring until yeast dissolves. Let stand for 5 minutes or until foamy.
  2. Stir 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons butter into the yeast mixture. Stir in 1 cup of the whole wheat flour, the millet flour or all-purpose flour, pepper, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Stir in cheeses until combined.
  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining whole wheat flour to make a soft dough that is almost smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes total). (Or switch to the dough hook attachment of the mixer and knead the dough on medium speed for 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.) Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl; turn once to grease surface of dough. Cover; let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (about 1 hour).
  4. Punch down dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, grease two large baking sheets or line with parchment paper; set aside.
  5. Roll dough to an 18x11-inch rectangle. Cut dough rectangle lengthwise in half, then crosswise in half to make four 9x5 1/2-inch rectangles. Cut each rectangle lengthwise into nine strips, each about 1/2 inch wide. Holding each strip by the ends, twist several times. Arrange strips close together on the prepared baking sheets. Cover with waxed paper and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.*
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using a pastry brush, brush dough strips with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Bake in the preheated oven about 12 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

From the Test Kitchen

*Make-Ahead Directions:

At this point, you can wrap the baking sheets with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator overnight. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.

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Nutrition Facts (Cheesy Millet and Black Pepper Breadsticks)

  • Per serving:
  • 54 kcal ,
  • 2 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat ,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 1 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 6 mg chol. ,
  • 71 mg sodium ,
  • 6 g carb. ,
  • 1 g fiber ,
  • 1 g sugar ,
  • 2 g pro.
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