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Whole-Wheat Seeded Breadsticks

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Active time 35 mins
Total time 1 hr, 50 mins

Serves 16 (serving size: 1 breadstick)

Just a couple of turns of the wrist transforms ordinary breadsticks into lovely holiday twists.


  • 1 pkg. dry rapid-rise yeast (about 2 1/4 tsp.)
  • 3 tablespoons warm 1% low-fat milk (100°F to 110°F)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 9 ounces white whole-wheat flour (about 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Nutrition Information

  • calories 113
  • fat 4 g
  • satfat 1.8 g
  • monofat 1 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 14 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 38 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 179 mg
  • calcium 32 mg
  • sugars 0 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 0 g

How to Make It

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm milk in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Add butter and 2 eggs to milk mixture; beat at low speed 1 minute. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 1 cup flour to milk mixture; beat at low speed until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl with spatula as needed. Remove paddle attachment; insert dough hook. With mixer running on low speed, add remaining 1 cup flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt; beat at low speed 5 minutes.

  3. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°F), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press 2 fingers into dough. If indentation remains, it has risen enough).

  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide in half. Working with 1 portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), roll into a 12- x 6-inch rectangle. Cut dough into 8 (12-inch) strips. Pick up each strip at both ends, and gently twist 3 or 4 times. Place twists 1 inch apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat procedure with remaining dough portion. Cover and let rise 45 minutes.

  5. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  6. Combine 1 teaspoon water and egg white in a bowl; brush egg mixture over twists. Combine the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, sesame seeds, and remaining ingredients in a bowl, and sprinkle over twists. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.