Cheesy Millet and Black Pepper Breadsticks

MAKES: 36 BREADSTICKS
PREP: 45 MINS
RISE: 1 HR 30 MINS
BAKE: 12 MINS 375°F

 

 

 

 


Ingredients

1/2 cup warm water (105 degrees F to 115 degrees F)

1 package active dry yeast

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup millet flour or 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 – 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

1/2  teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (2 ounces)

1/2 cup finely shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (2 ounces)

2 tablespoons butter, melted


Directions
  1. In a large bowl combine the warm water, yeast, and honey, stirring until yeast dissolves. Let stand for 5 minutes or until foamy.
  2. Stir 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons butter into the yeast mixture. Stir in 1 cup of the whole wheat flour, the millet flour or all-purpose flour, pepper, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Stir in cheeses until combined.
  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining whole wheat flour to make a soft dough that is almost smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes total). (Or switch to the dough hook attachment of the mixer and knead the dough on medium speed for 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.) Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl; turn once to grease surface of dough. Cover; let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (about 1 hour).
  4. Punch down dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, grease two large baking sheets or line with parchment paper; set aside.
  5. Roll dough to an 18×11-inch rectangle. Cut dough rectangle lengthwise in half, then crosswise in half to make four 9×5 1/2-inch rectangles. Cut each rectangle lengthwise into nine strips, each about 1/2 inch wide. Holding each strip by the ends, twist several times. Arrange strips close together on the prepared baking sheets. Cover with waxed paper and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.*
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using a pastry brush, brush dough strips with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Bake in the preheated oven about 12 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.
From the Test Kitchen
*MAKE-AHEAD DIRECTIONS:

At this point, you can wrap the baking sheets with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator overnight. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.


Nutrition Facts (Cheesy Millet and Black Pepper Breadsticks)

Per serving: 54 kcal , 2 g fat (1 g sat. fat , 0 g polyunsaturated fat , 1 g monounsaturated fat ), 6 mg chol. , 71 mg sodium , 6 g carb. , 1 g fiber , 1 g sugar , 2 g pro.