Saturday, March 27, 2010

Cheese Twist Breadsticks

After a hiatus from baking breadsticks, I'm back on that track again. This time it was breadsticks with cheese. If I was making bread or soft breadsticks, I'd normally choose real cheese, but for crispy breadsticks, I thought that a cheese powder was a better choice.

I used the same bread recipe as for my frying pan flatbreads, but let the dough rest in the fridge overnight rather than using it right away.

I let it sit on the counter for about a half hour while the oven was preheating to 350 degrees. But 325 degrees probably would have been better.

I rolled the dough out and coated it with its first sprinkling of cheese powder.

This stuff came from Savory Spice Shop in Boulder, and it's not a scary mix of chemicals.
The ingredient list is short and understandable. I like that.
Photo's a little fuzzy, but not bad considering I was holding the camera with one hand.

I folded it much like I'd do for a laminated pastry dough. One fold over.

And then another fold.

I rolled it out again.

Then I sprinkled the cheese powder on and folded in thirds again.

I rolled it out for cutting, just like my Sesame Breadsticks, and gave them the same twist.

I thought I took photos of this step, but apparently not. Basically, I rolled the dough into a rectangle about 12 x 15 inches and cut it in half lengthwise before cutting the strips. I then stretched and twisted the strips before I put them on the breadstick pans. The dough was still a tad chilly, so it was pretty bouncy and it wanted to untwist. I retwisted some that didn't want to stay put, after all of them were finished and after that short rest they were better behaved.

Since these didnt have a topping that needed to stick on, I didn't use the Quick Shine as I did for the sesame breadsticks.

Here they are, just as they're going into the oven.

They were done in just about 20 minutes, and a few of them were a little more brown than I like.
Next time I use the same dough for breadsticks, I think I'd cut the heat to 325 degrees.

And one more photo, just for fun.

Mmmmm...cheesy breadsticks!