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Fazoli's Breadsticks

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp malt extract
  • 3 1/2 cups unbleached flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • egg glaze, made with 1 egg yolk and 1 Tbsp water

Preparation:

Sprinkle the yeast into 1/2 cup of the water in a bowl. Leave for 5 minutes, then add the malt extract; stir to dissolve.

Mix the flour and the salt in a large bowl,. Make a well in the center and pour in the dissolved yeast and the olive oil.

Use a wooden spoon to draw in the flour from the sides. Stir in the remaining water, as needed, to form a firm, sticky dough.

Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Cover with a dish towel and let rest for 10 minutes. Knead the dough for 10 minutes more.

Shape the dough into a rectangle, 12in x 8in and 3/4in thick. Cover with a dish towel; let rest for 10 minutes.

Lightly oil two baking sheets.

Cut the dough lengthwise into four equal pieces, then cut each piece lengthwise into ten strips. Stretch each strip until it is 10in long. Place the strips, about 1/2in apart, on the baking sheets.

Brush the strips with the egg glaze. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Transfer the sticks onto a wire rack, then let cool.

Makes 6 to 8

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