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French Breadsticks

Yield 32 breadsticks

Ingredients

  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Cornmeal
  • 1 egg white
  • Coarse salt

How to Make It

  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in water in a large mixing bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Gradually add 1 1/4 cups flour and salt, beating at low speed of electric mixer until moistened. Increase to high speed, and beat 3 minutes. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a stiff dough.

  2. Turn dough out onto a heavily floured surface; knead about 5 to 8 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch dough down, and turn out onto a lightly floured surface, linead several times until smooth. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.

  3. Grease two baking sheets; sprinkle with cornmeal, and set aside.

  4. Divide dough into fourths. Clip each fourth into 8 equal portions, using a pair of kitchen shears. Roll each portion into a pencil-like stick 9 inches long. Place sticks about 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Brush lightly with half of egg white. Let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

  5. Brush lightly with remaining egg white, and sprinkle with coarse salt. Place a shallow pan containing 1 inch water on bottom rack of oven; place baking sheet on top rack. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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