Monday, January 14, 2008

Paupers to Princes: Beautiful Breadsticks

I got cooking in the kitchen again for Andrew a few days ago, and the recipe I wound up with reminded me of an old fairy tale. Remember the story of the Prince and the Pauper? Well, instead of switching ingredients for these snacks, I opted to combine the two sides of the story! What emerged smelling divine from my oven was a variation on these crunchy, savoury breadsticks, using rustic, “peasantry” ingredients like rolled oats, whole wheat flour and cornmeal, which I paired with the luxurious additions of rich honey, extra-virgin, imported olive oil and... drumroll please... ground saffron. With such an amazing combination on my hands, I almost had to steal them for myself!

Since Sweet Sins is busy hosting Zorra's event brainchild BBD (AKA Bread Baking Day) #6 and picked the theme of shaped breads, I thought I would humbly submit my photos of my kitchen adventure (which was more like playing with Play-Doh!) for the food world's scrutinization. Even if they aren't the prettiest looking things on the 'net these days, I'm sure they were pretty tasty... I'll have to wait on word from Andrew for that!

Princely Pauper's Breadsticks
Serves 14
½ cup white flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
3 tbsp yellow cornmeal
¼ cup quick oats
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tbsp dried oregano
½ tbsp dried basil
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp black pepper
¼ tsp cayenne
¼ tsp ground saffron
½ cup water
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tbsp honey

  1. Mix all the ingredients in order listed.
  2. Knead dough for 5 minutes, then divide into equal pieces.
  3. Let rest for 10 minutes and shape each piece as desired.
  4. Place on a lightly greased baking tray.
  5. Bake at 350 F for 10-15 minutes, then turn off the oven and let dry 1 hour inside the oven.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 58.5
Total Fat: 1.3 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 15.9 mg
Potassium: 36.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 10.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.0 g
Sugars: 0.1 g
Protein: 1.5 g


  1. I think your bread sticks look beautiful - especially the heart-shaped one! Thanks for participating!

  2. There is nothing like getting into breadmaking , kneading and shaping the is good for the soul.

  3. Sounds delicious. I'm sure Andrew loved it.


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