1 cup warm water
1 tsp. sugar
1 packet instant dry yeast
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus additional for topping
1½ tsp. sea salt
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup semolina flour
1 cup brown rice flour
Breadsticks like these are sold in bakeries all across Italy. Crisp and crunchy, these are completely addictive!
2. Stir together flours and add half to the bowl, beating until mixture is smooth. Add remaining flour a little at a time, mixing until a smooth dough forms. Knead by hand or with a mixer using a dough hook for 5 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Beat in herbs, fennel or cheese as listed below. Shape into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl; turn to coat both sides. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size.
3. Punch dough down and knead several times. Tear into 1-inch pieces and roll into long thin sticks. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets and let rise for 30 minutes more.
4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush breadsticks with oil. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool, then store in an airtight container.
Variations: Knead in 1½ tsp. dried basil or rosemary or fennel seed or 1/3 cup grated Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese (in our Deli). Sprinkle with grated cheese if you like.
272 calories, 6 g protein, 8 g total fat (1 g sat., 0 g trans), 43 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 0 mg cholesterol, 528 mg sodium, 7 points