Sunday, August 23, 2009

Grissini or Cheese Sticks

Those are from a batch of grissini with shredded mozzarella.

They taste so good and they use one of my mother's recipe, only adapted to the cheese I can find here where I live now.
Good for entertaining too !

600 gr flour
500 gr butter or baking margarine (don't use spread !)
1 pack of cream cheese (8 oz)
250 gr cottage cheese
2 teaspoons baking powder
dash of salt
dash of pepper
1 beaten egg for glazing at the end
poppy/sesame seeds for topping
****you could use mozzarella instead, but you also need to add 1 egg yolk if so and make sure you grind the cheese a bit before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.****

Combine all the ingredients and let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 Fand line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Divide in 2 or 3 pieces and while working with one piece at a time, let the rest of the dough sit in the fridge.
Spread the dough on a floured surface to a 1/8 inch thickness.

They will double or even triple while baking.
Using a pizza cutter or pastry cutter, cut the sticks to 1/2 inch width.
Glaze them with the beaten egg and top them with poppy/sesame seeds.
Bake for approx 20 minutes.
Keep a close eye on them.

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