Garlic Herb Bread Sticks

Oh, YUM.  I based these off of my soft pretzel recipe to go with some soup.  They were delightful!

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  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 3 cups whole wheat (pastry) flour
  • 4 – 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • scant 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 heaping tsp thyme
  • 1/2 heaping tsp marjoram
  • 1/2 heaping tsp oregano
  • 1/2 heaping tsp sesame seeds
  • olive oil

In a food processor (fitted with a dough blade) or a large bowl, combine the water, sugar and yeast.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes and get foamy.  Add salt and some of the flour and process or stir well.  Add remaining flour (a little at a time if stirring, all at once if processing) and stir or process until fully combined.

Prepare a bowl greased with a bit of olive oil.  Place dough in bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a towel.  Allow to sit for 1 – 2 hours or until doubled in size.

Flour a surface and your hands.  Knead the dough briefly and press or roll out to a rectangle about 8″ x 16″.  Cut into 20 strips.  Grease two baking sheets.  Take each strip of dough and twist a couple of times and place on the baking sheet.  Repeat, fitting about 10 per sheet.  (Don’t crowd them.)  Cover both with towels.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a small bowl, combine garlic, spices and enough olive oil to form a paste and mix well.  Spread some of the spice mixture on each bread stick.  Bake for 12 – 14 minutes or until done.  You might want to try a piece to be sure!  But, beware, it’s hard to take just one bite.  :)   Transfer to a cooling rack and serve immediately (preferred!) or store in a ziploc bag and heat before serving.

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