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Grissini Torinesi Recipe (Italian Bread Sticks)

Recipe to make grissini torinesi, the classic bread sticks of Italian cuisine.

Ingredients (for 40 bread sticks):

    2 teaspoons dry yeast
    275 ml of water
    1 teaspoon malt extract
    500 gr of sifted force flour
    2 teaspoons salt
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons semolina
    egg glaze (prepared with 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of water)
    sesame seeds to decorate

Preparation of the recipe of Grissini Torinesi (Italian bread sticks):

Spread the yeast in a bowl with 125 ml of water. Leave 5 minutes, then add the malt extract and stir to dissolve.

Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a hole in the center and pour the water with the yeast and olive oil.

Add the rest of the water little by little, as necessary, and continue stirring until a homogeneous and elastic mass is obtained. Cover with a dishcloth and let stand for 10 minutes. Knead another 10 minutes.

Form a rectangle 30 x 20 cm and 1.5 cm thick with the dough. Cover with a dishcloth and let stand 10 minutes.

Pour a little oil on the baking sheet and spread semolina on it.

Cut along the rectangle of dough into four equal pieces, then cut each one lengthwise into 10 strips. Stretch each strip until they are about 25 cm long. Put the strips on the baking sheet (leave a separation of 1 centimeter between them).

Paint the strips with the egg glaze and spread sesame seeds on top. Enter in the preheated oven and let bake for 15-20 minutes at 200ºC (point 6).

Remove the canes from the oven and let them cool on a rack.
Egg Frosting:

An egg bath will give the crust of the bread a bright and golden appearance. To prepare it, beat an egg yolk with a tablespoon of water or milk and a pinch of salt.

Paint the bread with the glaze before baking, using a soft cake brush. To get a golden glow, let it dry and paint a second layer immediately before baking.
If you don't have dry yeast ...

You can replace it with 15 grams of fresh yeast.

These famous Italian bread sticks are served with an antipasto or first course. They are easy to digest and were created to avoid removing the appetite of any diner during the rest of the meal.

The sticks can be decorated with any spice, herb or seed. In this case, you can substitute sesame seeds for fat salt, fresh rosemary or dried anise seeds. Sprinkle the sticks after having painted them with egg glaze.