Sunday, March 15, 2009

bread sticks


    Today was total sweater weather.  Yes SWEATER weather, finally no jackets, just a plain beautiful day! I just hope its here to stay.
My weekend , although it's still not quite over, has been filled with cleaning, thrift finding, some un-needed clothes shopping and a bit of baking.  While sipping green tea and looking threw my continuous array of cooking books I came across these bread sticks, these being a little on the rustic side were the best bread sticks I've come across yet.

homemade bread sticks

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 butter or veg shortening
3/4 milk

Preheat oven to 450 d
In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter/shortening until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture. Add the milk all at once. Using a fork, stir the mixture just until moistened. The the dough out on to a lightly floured surface. Quickly kneed the dough until nearly smooth.
Divide the dough into quarter twice and the halves to create 32 pieces.  Roll each piece into an 8in rope.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10min or until golden.
Makes 16 breadsticks.  

*I rolled these in garlic powder and salt and pepper to make them extra tasty.