Thursday 19 February 2015

Grisinni - Itlalian Soft Bread Sticks

Blogging Marathon # 49 , Week 3 Day : 1
Theme : Accompaniments in Restaurant 
Course : Accompaniments

This week theme is based on the accompaniments served in restaurant. Accompaniments are those dishes that are basically on the house served as complimentary to the dinner or particular dish ir even as welcome dish in restaurants which are not charged.

In Indian restaurants only papads, popoddums or fries and pickles are served but now a days the trend is changing by seeing the western restaurants. I like the best accompaniments that are served in Italian restaurants it carries an elaborate counter with salads, various dressing and cheese with these lovely Breadstick recipe with Parmesan.  The recipe that am sharing was given to my hubby by one of the cooks in his Italian cafeteria. It is simple and yet very tasty. It is crispy from outside but bit chewy from inside and bit rustic and darker than the madia breadsticks.

Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Rising time : 1.30 hrs
Serves : 1 breadstick per person
Makes : 20
Difficulty level : Medium

1/2  cup warm water
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup wheat bran
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp yeast
3 tbsp soft salted butter
1 tsp salt
Some wheat flour for rolling

For spreading:
3 tbsp melted butter
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tbsp italian herbs crushed
1/2 tsp celery salt (optional)

  • In a bread machine pan add in all ingredients i.e. wheat flour, bran and oil. Place sugar and yeast on one side and salt in diagonal opposite side.
  • Select bread dough cycle, add water and start the cycle.
  • When the cycle is complete remove the dough. Knead for a min.
  • Dust the surface and roll in rectangle approx of 10" by 9".
  • Mix spreading ingredients in a bowl.
  • Spread this prepared mix on rolled dough.
  • Fold in envelope  fold. Seal the sides and roll into 12" by 10" rectangle to 1/4 " thickness.
  • Cut into strips, place on baking tray. You can make plates or twist like rope.
  • Cover the sticks with damp tea towel and let it rest in warm place for second rise approx for 30 minutes.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 180c for 15 min. Turn the tray in halfway, until brown in colour
  • Remove the tray from oven, transfer the sticks on cooling rack and spread soft butter on each.
  • The filling may ooze out while rolling it is absolutely normal.
  • when you take out the sticks it may look and feel soft but on cooling shall become hard from outside.
  • It would be bit chewy from inside.
  • You can use any other cheese and seasoning of your choice. Or knead all ingredients together

Shall soon post the pictures with steps.

Hope you have enjoyed reading this post. Please take a minute to share your views and valuable comments. 

Briju Parthasarathy


  1. Grisinni looks extremely prefect and dangerously addictive, love to have with a bowl of soup.

  2. Very nicely done sticks..good recipe!

  3. The filling sounds very yumm..

  4. Very innovative bread sticks.Nicely made..

  5. Lovely looking grissini. Very interesting shape.

  6. Bread sticks looks delicious.


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