Basic Breadsticks

Thin breadsticks are enriched with a lively flavor and hue when they're infused with extracts of beet, carrot, parsley, or tomato.

  • Yield: Makes 6 dozen

Photography: James Baigrie

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, March/April Spring 2004

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup ice water, plus 1/4 cup more if needed (or optional flavoring, below)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For flavored breadsticks (optional):

  • 2 tablespoons fresh beet juice mixed with 1/2 cup ice water
  • 1/4 cup fresh carrot juice mixed with 1/4 cup ice water
  • 1/4 cup strained fresh parsley juice mixed with 1/4 cup ice water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste mixed with 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons ice water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the baking powder in a food processor. Add shortening; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. With processor running, gradually add 1/2 cup ice water; process until a dough forms, about 1 minute. (For flavored breadsticks, substitute one of the juice mixtures for the 1/2 cup ice water.) If dough is dry, add up to 1/4 cup more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing after each addition.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, pat dough into a rectangle; roll out to an 8-by-10-inch sheet (1/4 inch thick). Cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide strips.

  3. Roll each strip with your hands to 16-inch-long log; cut in half. Arrange 1/2 inch apart on baking sheets. Brush with oil; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup salt.

  4. Bake until firm, 12 to 14 minutes; let cool on a wire rack. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 4 days.

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