Cheddar and Fennel Breadsticks

Cheddar and Fennel Breadsticks 150 Author: Canadian Living Credits: Cheddar and Fennel Breadsticks 150

Unlike any other breadstick, these crispy delights shift into the addictive category with the hint of hot pepper flakes.

  • Portion size 32 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Special Issue: Home for the Holidays 2008

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cups warm water
  • 2 cups all purpose flour approx
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely shredded extra old Cheddar cheese

Method

In measuring cup, sprinkle yeast over water; let stand until frothy, 10 minutes.

In bowl, stir together flour, fennel seeds, salt and hot pepper flakes; add 3 tbsp (45 mL) of the oil. Stir in yeast mixture to form shaggy dough. Stir in cheese.

Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, dusting with more flour as necessary. Place in greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover with tea towel or plastic wrap; let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1-1/2 hours. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Punch down dough; divide into 32 pieces. With fingertips, roll out each piece on floured work surface into 12-inch (30 cm) long rope. Arrange on 2 greased or parchment paper-lined baking sheets; brush tops with remaining oil. Let stand for 15 minutes.

Bake in top and bottom thirds of 375°F (190°C) oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until edges are crisp and golden, about 16 minutes. Let cool on pans on racks. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 4 days.)

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 76 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 58.0
  • Total fat 3 g
  • Cholesterol 4 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 6 g

%RDI

  • Iron 3.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 9.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 1.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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