Whole Wheat Bread-sticks with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper

My fabulous sister-in-law sent me a recipe via Twitter a couple of weeks ago.  I knew I had to try it and I knew that I needed to do some thing special for it.  I figured what goes better with soup than homemade chicken stock and bread-sticks.

I threw everything together and baked the sticks so that they would be ready for prime time on Sunday.

Whole Wheat Bread-sticks with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper.

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 teaspoons of yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon butter
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 3/4 cups Bread Flour
1 tablespoon salt

Mix butter yeast sugar and water together in mixing bowl. Let sit for 15 minutes to bloom. Add flour and mix with a bread hook for 30 minutes. Dough should be very sticky, if not add a little bit of water and mix more. Remove from bowl and place on a sheet pan with oiled parchment paper. Let rise for 45 minutes and cut into golf ball sized balls. Using the “Playdough” method* roll into bread-sticks let proof 15 minutes or more depending how soft you like your bread sticks. Paint with melted butter, add sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Bake at 425 until brown (about 15 minutes). Enjoy.

* The Playdough method is what we all used as kids when we played with playdough to make snakes worms etc. Take the ball start in the center and rolling back and forth with your palms work outward.

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