For a fancy twist on the basic bread basket, offer guests individuals bundles of dainty breadsticks.



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse flour, coarse salt, and baking powder in a food processor until combined. Add shortening; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. With machine running, gradually add 1/2 cup ice water; process until dough comes together. If dough is dry, add up to 1/4 cup more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse after each addition.

  • Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Pat into a rough rectangle, then roll out to an 8-by-10-inch rectangle. Cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-wide strips.

  • With hands, roll each strip into a 16-inch stick; cut into four 4-inch pieces. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Brush with egg white. Sprinkle half with sea salt and half with Parmesan.

  • Bake until golden, 22 to 24 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Bread-sticks can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.