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1 cup warm water
1 tsp. sugar
1 packet instant dry yeast
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus additional for topping
1 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!

Prep: 30 minutes, Rise: 1½ hours, Cook: 30 minutes, Serves: 8

1. Place water in a large mixer bowl and sprinkle sugar and yeast over the top. Let stand for 5 minutes or until yeast starts to foam. Stir in oil and salt.

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. 

Nutritional Information:
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